Australian government – ATO Ogratuit http://atoogratuit.com/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 07:03:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://atoogratuit.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-5-150x150.png Australian government – ATO Ogratuit http://atoogratuit.com/ 32 32 The Queen’s funeral ends; Queen Elizabeth bid farewell; buried in Windsor; NSW, SA COVID mask rules relaxed; Joe Biden Says US Would Defend Taiwan From China; https://atoogratuit.com/the-queens-funeral-ends-queen-elizabeth-bid-farewell-buried-in-windsor-nsw-sa-covid-mask-rules-relaxed-joe-biden-says-us-would-defend-taiwan-from-china/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 06:49:18 +0000 https://atoogratuit.com/the-queens-funeral-ends-queen-elizabeth-bid-farewell-buried-in-windsor-nsw-sa-covid-mask-rules-relaxed-joe-biden-says-us-would-defend-taiwan-from-china/ The Albanian government is urged to use its first address at the United Nations to provide funds to famine-stricken regions around the world. Foreign Minister Penny Wong is in New York for the 77th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, where she will take part in 30 engagements throughout the week. Penny Wong will […]]]>

The Albanian government is urged to use its first address at the United Nations to provide funds to famine-stricken regions around the world.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong is in New York for the 77th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, where she will take part in 30 engagements throughout the week.

Penny Wong will address the United Nations General Assembly. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

Senator Wong is expected to deliver Australia’s address to the Assembly on Friday after meeting foreign ministers from the Quad countries, which include the United States, India and Japan.

The war in Ukraine should take center stage. Russia and Ukraine are major exporters of grain and fertilizers, which have been massively stripped due to the war.

Grain supply shortages coupled with the impacts of climate change, including severe droughts, have pushed countries like Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Yemen into severe food shortages and on the brink of starvation.

A broad coalition of Australia’s leading aid and development organizations is calling on the government to announce a $150 million famine relief package.

Help Fight Famine spokesman Tim Costello said the package would show Australia would not abandon nations facing famine.

Help Fight Famine spokesman Tim Costello said the package would show Australia would not abandon nations facing famine.

Help Fight Famine spokesman Tim Costello said the package would show Australia would not abandon nations facing famine.

“With a relatively small investment, we can make a huge difference in saving lives and averting a humanitarian catastrophe unlike any the world has ever seen,” he said. “But a failure to act would mean there could be more deaths than from COVID. The time is almost up.

The United States will co-host a food and security summit with European and African countries on the sidelines of the UN.

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield said that while Ukraine would feature prominently at the general assembly, it would not be the only topic discussed.

“Other countries have expressed concern that while we are focusing on Ukraine, we are not paying attention to what is happening in other crises around the world,” she said. . “This is not the case.”

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Macquarie Point in Hobart confirmed as new stadium site by Tasmanian government ahead of AFL bid https://atoogratuit.com/macquarie-point-in-hobart-confirmed-as-new-stadium-site-by-tasmanian-government-ahead-of-afl-bid/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 10:50:03 +0000 https://atoogratuit.com/macquarie-point-in-hobart-confirmed-as-new-stadium-site-by-tasmanian-government-ahead-of-afl-bid/ The Tasmanian government has said it will build a 23,000-seater stadium southeast of Hobart’s CBD on what is seen as the AFL’s preferred site – but only if club chairmen allow the state to have their own team. Key points: The announcement comes as Tasmania prepares to submit its official bid for an AFL team […]]]>

The Tasmanian government has said it will build a 23,000-seater stadium southeast of Hobart’s CBD on what is seen as the AFL’s preferred site – but only if club chairmen allow the state to have their own team.

The stadium proposal depends on the federal government paying half of its cost, estimated at $750 million, and on private investment.

Prime Minister Jeremy Rockliff has confirmed the stadium will be built on the nine-hectare Macquarie Point site, which had been earmarked for a mixed-use housing development, reconciliation park and Antarctic and science district, if Tasmania gets his AFL team license.

The decision comes less than 24 hours before Tasmania submits its official bid for an AFL squad on Monday.

Mr Rockliff said the Reconciliation Park and Science Quarter would still be built, but declined to clarify the housing estate’s future.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan (right) was reportedly impressed with the Macquarie Point venue during a June visit to Hobart.(ABC News: Luke Bowden)

It is understood AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and Managing Director of Property Development Matthew Chun were impressed with Macquarie Point during a site visit in June – a view reinforced after a second visit to Tasmania by Chun and AFL Chief Financial Officer Travis Auld in July.

But Mr Rockliff said his government would make its own decisions.

“We always said the AFL wouldn’t dictate anything to us when it came to our own stadium,” he said.

“We will make our own decisions.

“We believe in this project – the economic analysis indicates it will be a game-changer.”

He said the stadium and surrounding enclosure would “liven up southern Tasmania”.

“Today’s announcement aims to ensure that our preferred option for a new stadium, arts, culture and entertainment district is built right here at Macquarie Point,” he said.

“Surrounding this, of course, will come investment in tourism, hospitality, business, allied health – a huge opportunity for jobs and growth for all of Tasmania.”

The stadium “an insult” during the housing and health crises

A woman stands on a green lawn with blurred heritage buildings and autumn leaves in the background
Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O’Connor said Mr Rockliff had been “crossed” by the AFL.(ABC News: Loretta Lohberger)

Greens leader Cassy O’Connor described the move as “an insult” to Tasmanians at a time when thousands of people were homeless and the health system was in crisis.

“The news that they want to put a $750million stadium on this site is an insult to Tasmanians who can’t pay rent or live in a tent,” she said.

“It’s an insult to people who are languishing on the waiting list for elective surgery or who are worried that an ambulance will arrive on time when they need help.

“It’s pretty clear that what’s happened here is that the Prime Minister has allowed himself to be ensnared by the AFL.”

Ms O’Connor said housing should be the government’s priority.

“We have people who can’t afford to rent,” she said.

“We have people facing homelessness and evictions, and a government that promised to build all these homes, but the budget is never in the budget.”

Deputy union leader Anita Dow also said the government got its priorities wrong.

“We are in the midst of a health, housing and cost of living crisis, and this government must do more to restore the basics for Tasmanians,” she said.

“Tasmanians deserve their own AFL team. What we don’t support is depending on building a stadium in the south.”

But Mr Rockliff said Tasmania ‘can’t say no to things every time’ and the state could build the stadium while spending money to improve the public health system.

“We are reducing our [elective surgery and outpatient] waiting lists,” he said.

“They are still too high, I have always said so, but we are investing more and more in health.

“We always have to try – we always have to build aspiration and confidence in Tasmania.”

The subdivision in question

The decision overturns an earlier preference for nearby Regatta Point and calls into question the future of a long-planned residential development at Macquarie Point.

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Australia set to reach net zero by 2040, says new member of Climate Change Authority | Climate crisis https://atoogratuit.com/australia-set-to-reach-net-zero-by-2040-says-new-member-of-climate-change-authority-climate-crisis/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 20:02:00 +0000 https://atoogratuit.com/australia-set-to-reach-net-zero-by-2040-says-new-member-of-climate-change-authority-climate-crisis/ A new scientific member of the government’s new Climate Change Authority has said Australia should aim to reach net zero at least a decade before 2050. Professor Lesley Hughes, a biologist and climate change expert, said Australia’s current climate target for 2030 was “not good enough”, but said the new government was showing a willingness […]]]>

A new scientific member of the government’s new Climate Change Authority has said Australia should aim to reach net zero at least a decade before 2050.

Professor Lesley Hughes, a biologist and climate change expert, said Australia’s current climate target for 2030 was “not good enough”, but said the new government was showing a willingness to listen to science .

Hughes is one of three new female appointments announced by Energy Minister Chris Bowen earlier this week to address concerns from the authority’s board of directors that weighed too heavily on corporations and fossil fuels.

The Albanian government has legislated a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 43% by 2030, based on 2005 levels – an increase from the Morrison government’s 26% reduction.

Under this legislation, the authority will produce an annual parliamentary statement and advise on future emission reduction targets. This opinion must be made public and, if it is rejected, the minister must say why.

Hughes, who is set to retire from his full-time academic role at Macquarie University, said the government’s current 2030 target was “not good enough” and said that thanks to her work at the Climate Council, she had called for a 75% reduction. within a decade.

She told the Guardian: ‘But you have to get to 43% first and that’s a significant improvement on the previous government’s commitment. I will work hard to reach that 43% and beyond as quickly as possible. »

She said the Climate Council Aim high, go fast The report, published last year, said Australia should aim for net zero by 2035 or 2040 “to do our fair share of staying well below 2C”.

“That would be a great goal. [for Australia],” she says.

“Science indicates net zero by 2050 is too late to stay well below 2C [the target agreed in Paris]. But it is a process and I hope it is a process that is accelerating.

She said Australia’s continued approval of coal and gas projects, many of which are for export with the fuels burned overseas, was “a real cognitive dissonance”.

“The shows don’t know the jurisdictions of the countries and it’s the global shows that matter. I think it is reasonable for countries to look at domestic emissions first.

“But certainly, globally, we won’t stay below 2C as huge amounts of fossil fuels are burned.”

Having already submitted the new target to the UN climate convention earlier this year, the government will need to set a target for 2035 by 2025. The Climate Change Authority will make a recommendation on what that target should be.

New authority

In 2014, the authority recommended that Australia reduce its emissions by 45% to 65% by 2030, based on 2005 levels. The Abbott government ignored this advice, adopting a 26% reduction to 28% in 2015 – a target which remained unchanged until Labor won this year’s federal election.

The Abbott government tried to abolish the authority, but failed after then-Senator Clive Palmer told a press conference with former US Vice President Al Gore that he would block this attempt.

Abbott succeeded in abolishing the Climate Commission’s advisory body, leading its members – including Hughes – to go it alone and create a new independent organization, the Climate Council.

In early 2017, three members of the authority’s board – economist Danny Price, economics professor John Quiggin and public ethics professor Clive Hamilton – resigned in frustration.

The last climatologist to hold a place on the authority was Professor David Karoly, who completed his five-year term in 2017.

After spending years in a relative desert, the authority has new members and new responsibilities under the Albanian government.

Hughes joins two other new members, Dr. Virginia Marshall, legal researcher and indigenous water rights expert, and Sam Mostyn, businesswoman and sustainability advisor.

The nine-member board is chaired by former Business Council of Australia and Origin director Grant King, and includes the government’s chief scientist, Dr Cathy Foley.

Hughes said she was personally called by Energy Minister Chris Bowen to ask if she would be willing to take on the role of authority.

“I would not have said yes without thinking that there is a change of atmosphere and a willingness to listen to science.

“The next few years are crucial and an opportunity like this to scale up my involvement beyond the Climate Council – which I will always be involved with – was something I couldn’t say no to.”

She said as the only climate scientist on the authority “I’ve felt the pressure a bit, but I will absolutely do what I can. It’s an important responsibility.

The first meeting of the body with its new members is scheduled for mid-October.

Hughes made his decision to retire from college before he took the phone call from the Minister of Energy.

“So much for the quiet retreat,” she added.

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Australia: Acting against China’s abuses in Xinjiang https://atoogratuit.com/australia-acting-against-chinas-abuses-in-xinjiang/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 21:28:39 +0000 https://atoogratuit.com/australia-acting-against-chinas-abuses-in-xinjiang/ (Sydney) – The Australian government should take strong action in response to new evidence that the Chinese government is engaging crimes against humanity targeting Uyghurs and other Turkic communities in the Xinjiang region, Human Rights Watch said today. These actions should include imposing targeted sanctions, introducing legislation to prevent the importation of goods made with […]]]>

(Sydney) – The Australian government should take strong action in response to new evidence that the Chinese government is engaging crimes against humanity targeting Uyghurs and other Turkic communities in the Xinjiang region, Human Rights Watch said today. These actions should include imposing targeted sanctions, introducing legislation to prevent the importation of goods made with forced labor and leading efforts for accountability measures at the Human Rights Council session. United Nations man from September 12, 2022.

The revolutionary UN report published on August 31 by the outgoing United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, contained victim testimonies that substantiate mass arbitrary detention, torture, cultural persecution, forced labor and other violations grave human rights. It recommends that states, businesses and the international community take action to end abuses and advance justice and accountability.

“Australia should impose targeted sanctions against Chinese government officials who are implicated in crimes against humanity and other serious abuses against Uyghurs and other Turkish Muslims in Xinjiang,” said Sophie Richardson, director of the China Division at Human Rights Watch. “The European Union, United States, United Kingdom and Canada have already taken these steps, and Australia should join these efforts to hold those responsible for these abuses accountable and stand with the victims. “

In a coordinated effort in March 2021, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada imposed targeted sanctionsincluding travel bans and asset freezes, against senior officials in Xinjiang who have been accused of serious human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims.

In 2021, Australia past ‘Magnitsky-style’ legislation that reformed Australia’s sanctions framework, making it easier for the government to apply sanctions to those responsible for serious human rights violations and abuses, wherever they occur in the world.

Following the release of the United Nations High Commissioner’s report, the Australian opposition party, the Coalition, reported that he would lend bipartisan support to any “appropriately targeted sanctions” that Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s government implements in response to human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

The government should also introduce legislation blocking the import of goods made by forced labor, both from Xinjiang and other places inside and outside China.

In the United States, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Law, which came into force in June, gives customs authorities increased powers to enforce an existing ban on forced labor imports. The new law creates a presumption that any goods made in whole or in part in Xinjiang or produced by entities in China linked to forced labor cannot be imported into the United States. Companies can only rebut this presumption if they provide “clear and convincing evidence” that the goods are free of forced labor, an almost impossible hurdle to clear given the difficulty of performing human rights due diligence. man in Xinjiang and China more broadly.

Canada also prohibits imports of goods produced in whole or in part by forced labor and, in January 2021, announced an intensification of efforts to prevent companies from being complicit or profiting from them in the Xinjiang region.

The UK has also introduced measures which include tips to UK businesses on the risks faced by Xinjiang-linked businesses, advice to public bodies on excluding suppliers if there is evidence of human rights abuses in their supply chains, a review of controls export to Xinjiang and fines for companies that do not publish statements describing their efforts to eliminate forced labor in their supply chains.

Asked about UN report on Xinjiang, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said on September 6 that it focuses on improving Australia’s modern slavery law to “ensure that we do not promote, condone or financially support forced labour”. Whereas government review of the Modern Slavery Act could lead to positive developments, it will not be completed until March 2023. The Modern Slavery Act should be strengthened to require companies to identify and address forced labor and other human rights risks in their own operations and global value chains, Human Rights Watch said.

Human Rights Watch urged the Australian government to pass new forced labor legislation that designates Xinjiang as a region with a high risk of forced labor, and to introduce a presumption of forced labor for imports made in whole or in part in Xinjiang.

Last year, the Australian Labor Party then in opposition voted in the senate to support a bill introduced by Independent Senator Rex Patrick that would have banned the importation of products made by forced labor.

Human Rights Watch also urged the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide clear advice to Australian businesses on the risks of buying products or investing in Xinjiang, especially in high-risk sectors such as clothing manufacturing and the solar panel industry. Australian businesses should also be encouraged to join the “Call to action to end Uyghur forced labor.”

Australia should also lead efforts at the upcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council to establish an independent inquiry into China’s abuses in Xinjiang, taking all necessary steps to advance accountability and deliver to Uyghurs and others the justice to which they are entitled.

“The Australian government should walk the talk to help Uyghurs and other oppressed communities in Xinjiang,” Richardson said. “Australia should stand with a growing global coalition of nations that will not allow the Chinese government’s crimes against humanity to go unpunished.”

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Good news for international students! Australia extends post-study work rights https://atoogratuit.com/good-news-for-international-students-australia-extends-post-study-work-rights/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 06:29:07 +0000 https://atoogratuit.com/good-news-for-international-students-australia-extends-post-study-work-rights/ Good news for international students studying in Australia! The Australian government will extend post-study work rights to overseas students who graduate with qualifications linked to labor shortages. This will give students more time to find a job in Australia and use their skills learned while studying here. However, the Australian government has not yet specified […]]]>

Good news for international students studying in Australia! The Australian government will extend post-study work rights to overseas students who graduate with qualifications linked to labor shortages. This will give students more time to find a job in Australia and use their skills learned while studying here.

However, the Australian government has not yet specified which degrees will be selected for the employment rights extensions. Details regarding the degrees in this category are expected at the end of October when the working advisory group submits its opinion.

Recently, he also announced that a new budget allocation of A$36 million will be earmarked to improve the visa process for international students and reduce delays in visa decisions.

With these new developments, Australia will see an increase in study abroad applications in the near future, which has been affected due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

A Look at Post-Graduation Labor Rights

1) Some undergraduate degrees will provide international students with a four-year post-study work permit. The current limit is two years.

2) Some postgraduate degrees will provide students with five years of work experience after graduation. The current limit is three years.

3) Graduates of selected doctorates will be able to work for up to six years in Australia. The current limit is four years.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs has released the 2022-23 Migration Agenda. The program was designed to boost the economic recovery of the country which is still reeling from the woes of the pandemic.

The program is designed to improve and boost social cohesion outcomes in the post-pandemic environment. It will have a planning level of 160,000 seats.

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Australia’s parliament slammed for ‘deplorable oversight’ after pro-Putin propagandists deal ‘information warfare’ blow https://atoogratuit.com/australias-parliament-slammed-for-deplorable-oversight-after-pro-putin-propagandists-deal-information-warfare-blow/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 06:51:26 +0000 https://atoogratuit.com/australias-parliament-slammed-for-deplorable-oversight-after-pro-putin-propagandists-deal-information-warfare-blow/ Australian parliamentarians and their staff are urged to be much more alert to disinformation and Kremlin propaganda after two high-profile pro-Putin comedians released a video of a prank on senators. The Russian duo, one appearing in bathrobes, first tricked a parliamentary committee last year into believing they were close supporters of Russian opposition figure Alexei […]]]>

Australian parliamentarians and their staff are urged to be much more alert to disinformation and Kremlin propaganda after two high-profile pro-Putin comedians released a video of a prank on senators.

The Russian duo, one appearing in bathrobes, first tricked a parliamentary committee last year into believing they were close supporters of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

They joked about why senators weren’t upside down in Australia, wondered which way water was flowing in sewers, apparently claimed Russian oligarchs were smuggling native animals , including platypus, and mentioned allegations of sexual assault and masturbation in federal parliament, before producing sock puppets. and brandishing a toy fish.

As Nine Newspapers first reported, a video of part of the prank was shown Wednesday at the Eastern Economic Forum, an event in Vladivostok where Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a speech.

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Albanian government cuts funding for governor-general-backed foundation https://atoogratuit.com/albanian-government-cuts-funding-for-governor-general-backed-foundation/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 08:39:30 +0000 https://atoogratuit.com/albanian-government-cuts-funding-for-governor-general-backed-foundation/ A mysterious foundation created just over a year ago by a businessman with ties to the Governor General has had its federal funding cut. Key points: The Australian Future Leaders Foundation was promised $18 million in the March federal budget It is now confirmed that the promise has been abandoned Proposed funding identified in Albanian […]]]>

A mysterious foundation created just over a year ago by a businessman with ties to the Governor General has had its federal funding cut.

Government sources told the ABC that the Australian Future Leaders Foundation will no longer receive the millions of dollars pledged by the former coalition government.

The foundation, which had never run a leadership program and had no website or staff, received $18 million in the Morrison government’s March budget.

The budget documents said the money would be provided over five years, and the foundation would then receive $4 million per year thereafter.

Governor General David Hurley supported the foundation and spoke with former Prime Minister Scott Morrison several times in 2020 and 2021 before the funding was awarded.

Concerns Raised

Questions have been raised about why a foundation with no history of leadership programs received the money without a competitive grantmaking process.

The foundation planned to establish leadership programs for emerging mid-career leaders.

A person closely involved raised concerns that it would benefit “privileged white children” and not help expand or promote a diversity of leadership within government and non-government sectors.

Governor General David Hurley participated in the program.(ABC News: Tamara Penniket)

Governor General David Hurley has always been at the foundation’s side.

However, the promised funding was identified in the “waste audit” the federal government is currently undertaking as part of the October budget process.

It was decided that the foundation would no longer receive federal funding.

A foundation with connections

The foundation was registered as a charity in April 2021 and the official launch took place at the Governor General’s home in Sydney in May.

Promotional leaflets seen by the ABC claimed vice-regal and government endorsement of the scheme, which was titled ‘The Governor-General’s Australian Future Leaders Programme’.

In correspondence seen by the ABC, The chief executive and director of the foundation, Chris Hartley, bragged that the governor-general gave a PowerPoint presentation to Mr Morrison, and in another email, Mr Hartley said the Prime Minister’s office would be “owner” of the project.

The Governor General has also agreed to be the foundation’s first sponsor.

Mr. Hartley had contacted many senior leaders from different organizations and groups including Twitter, Tabcorp, Jaguar Land Rover, the Business Council, the Smith family, Accenture, McKinsey & Co and Tenfold to get them on board.

The moves were seen by some as an attempt to leverage connections, gain access to increasingly prominent political and business figures.

And while he said these companies provided principled support, including financial and in-kind commitments, that was not always the case.

Earlier this year, Chris Hartley told the ABC that the program would begin in late 2022, but to date there have been no updates on the foundation.

Chris Harley and the Governor General have been contacted for comment.

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Australian government announces biggest increase in social benefits in decades https://atoogratuit.com/australian-government-announces-biggest-increase-in-social-benefits-in-decades/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 20:26:22 +0000 https://atoogratuit.com/australian-government-announces-biggest-increase-in-social-benefits-in-decades/ The Australian government will increase child support payments for more than 4.7 million welfare recipients across the country to ease growing cost of living pressures. Federal Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said in a statement that the government would introduce an increase in the indexation of social benefits from September 20. She also clarified that […]]]>

The Australian government will increase child support payments for more than 4.7 million welfare recipients across the country to ease growing cost of living pressures.

Federal Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said in a statement that the government would introduce an increase in the indexation of social benefits from September 20.

She also clarified that the increase would be the largest for allowances for more than 30 years and 12 years for pensions.

“We want to ensure that Australia has a strong social safety net to protect our most deprived,” she says.

“Our guiding principles as government ensure that no one is left behind and no one is held back…This increase in indexation will help those receiving government payments keep up with the cost of living.”

People dine at the cafe and restaurant on Lygon Street in Melbourne, Australia, on June 11, 2021. (William West/AFP via Getty Images)

Among the changes, Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment will increase by $38.90 (around US$26) per fortnight for singles and $58.80 for couples.

At the same time, the maximum pension rates will increase to $1,026.50 per fortnight for singles and $1,547.60 for couples.

Recipients of programs such as JobSeeker, Parenting Payment, ABSTUDY (a type of government support for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students or apprentices) and Rent Assistance will also get a pay rise.

While JobSeeker payments for singles without children will increase by $25.70 per fortnight to $677.20, parental payments for singles will increase by $35.20 to $927.40 per fortnight.

In addition, spousal support for both types of welfare recipients will also increase by $23.40 per fortnight to $616.60.

Rishworth said the changes in pension rates were driven by increases in the consumer price index, which outpaced those in the cost of living index for retirees and beneficiaries.

Government to revise jobseeker payments in 2023

Amid criticism that the increases were not high enough, Home Secretary Clare O’Neil said the government would review JobSeeker payments in May 2023.

“Australians are going to fare much better, but there’s still a lot of work to do, and that’s why we’re here in Canberra,” she told the ABC.

“We’re trying to bring political parties and groups of Australians together so that we can try to push forward some of the big issues in our country, and certainly this issue around JobSeeker payments is one of them.”

Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce said cost of living pressures would increase when the government reinstated the full fuel excise tax at the end of September.

“There are real pressures on people, and unless you want them to live in poverty, they need to be supported,” he told Seven News.

The increase in pension rates came after the federal government announced that older and veteran retirees could earn an additional $4,000 in the 2022-23 fiscal year in a bid to boost labor supply.

The temporary credit will allow retirees to earn up to $11,800 this fiscal year without losing any of their pension and will last until June 30, 2023.

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Brian Burke, Kerry Stokes and Kevin Reynolds among key players in race to unlock WA’s green energy future https://atoogratuit.com/brian-burke-kerry-stokes-and-kevin-reynolds-among-key-players-in-race-to-unlock-was-green-energy-future/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 21:56:29 +0000 https://atoogratuit.com/brian-burke-kerry-stokes-and-kevin-reynolds-among-key-players-in-race-to-unlock-was-green-energy-future/ Former Western Australian premier Brian Burke is among a growing list of potential bidders looking to develop a major renewable energy project in the state’s coalfields. Key points: Former WA premier Brian Burke and union boss Kevin Reynolds are linked to a pumped hydropower proposal in WA Their involvement follows similar efforts by billionaire media […]]]>

Former Western Australian premier Brian Burke is among a growing list of potential bidders looking to develop a major renewable energy project in the state’s coalfields.

Mr Burke, who was prime minister at the height of the WA Inc saga in the 1980s, is involved with an entity known as Collie Pumped Hydro, which wants to use the coal voids to build a pumped hydroelectric power station at Collie, 180 kilometers south of Perth. .

Alongside him is Kevin Reynolds, a former union arsonist who led the construction, forestry, mining and energy union in WA until 2011.

At the helm of the company is Frederik Suhren, a former lieutenant of deposed WA coal tycoon Ric Stowe, whose business empire was rooted in the Collie coalfields when it collapsed in 2010.

The trio’s involvement comes amid efforts by a roll call of WA business and energy players to develop the state’s first major pumped hydro project to replace retiring coal-fired power plants.

Crowded Field Eyes Project

Chief among them was billionaire Kerry Stokes, whose Seven Group reportedly presented plans to the state government in 2020 to build a pumped hydro project using disused coal mines to store water.

In 2020, the Seven Group of then-chairman Kerry Stokes presented a pumped hydropower proposal to the WA government.(PA: Lukas Coch)

It is understood that the proposal by Seven Group, the $6.7 billion conglomerate that spans mining equipment, fossil fuels and media interests, has not been successful and the company is no longer pursuing l ‘idea.

Under a plan announced in June, the WA Labor government said it would close its remaining coal-fired power stations in Collie by 2029 and replace capacity with a mix of renewable technologies.

Key to these plans is pumped hydropower, which works by pumping water from one reservoir to another when power prices are low and releasing the water downstream through a turbine to generate electricity when prices are high.

WA Energy Minister Bill Johnston said such “deep storage” would be crucial to the green energy transition to ensure lights stay on when the sun isn’t shining or the wind is blowing not.

Pipes descending to the water.
Snowy Hydro 2.0 is Australia’s best-known pumped hydro project, but many more are in the works.(Supplied: Snowy Hydro )

Early estimates suggest that the project, which would have a capacity of between 400 MW and 800 MW, will cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

The federal government’s attempts to build the 2,000 MW Snowy Hydro 2.0 hydroelectric project are expected to cost at least $10 billion and be several years behind schedule.

Seven Group’s interest in developing a pumped hydropower project at Collie was revealed last year but, until now, the wider list of candidates was unknown.

In addition to Mr Stokes and the entity linked to Mr Burke, the major gas pipeline company Jemena has also considered a possible inclination to a development.

Burke’s involvement ‘without inconvenience’

And the state government has confirmed it is considering a proposal through its utilities, the Water Corporation and electricity provider Synergy.

Despite their similarities, the competing offers are meant to be separated by a critical difference.

A truck moves through an open pit mine.
Surface coal mining near Collie south of Perth has left voids that stretch to the horizon.(ABC News: Anthony Pancia)

While Jemena and state utilities would explore more conventional designs using existing reservoirs, the Collie Pumped Hydro plan – and the abandoned Stokes plan – would be so-called pit developments.

The plans would involve converting disused coal mine pits into reservoirs, allowing state and private operators to avoid rehabilitation obligations that could cost more than $1 billion.

Collie Pumped Hydro chairman Mick Murray, a longtime former Labor MP from the Collie state seat, confirmed that Mr Burke and Mr Reynolds had been involved in the venture, but said they did not weren’t major players.

A huge mural painted on the side of a dam wall in southwest WA.
There are already several large reservoirs in southwest WA, where the Wellington Dam holds nearly 200 billion liters.(ABC News)

“They are very far apart,” Mr. Murry said.

“Certainly, the technical staff and the finances are a long way from Brian Burke and Kevin Reynolds.

“If there’s knowledge to use, you use it. But it’s definitely not a cloak-and-dagger thing.”

The “ideal” coal pits for technology

Mr Murray explained that Collie Pumped Hydro’s proposal would involve the construction of two 200MW turbines at the Muja Coal Mine, which he said was a good fit for the technology due to the slope of the void wall.

Construction is expected to take about two years, create about 300 jobs and cost nearly $1 billion, he said.

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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the jobs summit had been “much more successful than we could have hoped”.

“I think it has been an extraordinary success,” he said in a speech concluding the summit.

“This summit was designed to serve everyday Australians whose courage, initiative and hard work help fuel national prosperity.

“Every presenter in every session was crystal clear about the scale of the challenges we face. No one has sought to minimize or explain the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Yet the atmosphere that has prevailed over the past two days has not been one of dejection, frustration or resignation.

Anthony Albanese at the Parliament Jobs and Skills Summit, Canberra. Credit:James Brickwood

“Instead, there has been a powerful sense of hope and optimism, a belief in the transformative opportunities this moment represents for our country and, above all, a determination to seize those opportunities to make change work. for everyone across our country. We owe it to each other, and we owe it to the people of Australia to carry this spirit forward.

“If we can look back and say that those conversations have helped open doors for people with disabilities, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, for veterans, for older Australians, for people who have suffered from dislocation long-term unemployment, then this summit will have more than exceeded our expectations. It will have helped change our country for the better.

Albanese, Treasurer Jim Chalmers and Finance Minister Katy Gallagher will hold a press conference shortly.

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