Stamping out dodgy firms a hire challenge

Stamping out dodgy firms a hire challenge

THE issue with rogue labour-hire companies in Australia is a real one. By cutting costs through reduced wages, lack of proper work, health and safety systems, and avoiding other legal obligations, these operators damage legitimate businesses doing the right thing. A Four Corners report in 2015 exposed the plight of migrant workers who had fallen victim. The State Government has introduced a Bill to parliament to license all labour-hire companies in South Australia. The scheme will require any business that supplies a worker to pay a license fee, pass a…

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Tillerson moves to ditch special envoys

Tillerson moves to ditch special envoys

In a letter obtained by CNN and written to Senator Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who heads the foreign relations committee, Tillerson said he would end or transfer as many as three dozen special envoy positions. “I believe that the Department will be able to better execute its mission by integrating certain envoys and special representative offices within the regional and functional bureaus,” Tillerson wrote Corker, “and eliminating those that have accomplished or outlived their original purpose.” Special envoys for Syria, Sudan and South Sudan, and the Arctic will be…

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ASX to open flat, Tropical Storm Harvey dampens oil markets

ASX to open flat, Tropical Storm Harvey dampens oil markets

Posted August 29, 2017 08:51:37 Photo: Hurricane Harvey pummelled oil refineries in Texas, resulting in a weak performance on Wall Street. (Reuters: Adrees Latif ) The Australian share market is headed for a flat open, following a tepid performance from Wall Street this morning. Markets at 7:30am (AEST): ASX SPI 200 futures flat at 5,679, ASX 200 (Monday close) -0.6pc at 5,710 AUD: 79.39 US cents, 61.38 British pence, 66.26 euro cents, 86.44 Japanese yen, NZ$1.10 US: Dow Jones flat at 21,808, S&P 500 flat at 2,444, Nasdaq +0.3pc at…

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Housing complex plagued by violence

Housing complex plagued by violence

RESIDENTS say it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt after two fights at a housing complex in Perth’s southern suburbs. One of the fights at Healy Lodge in Hamilton Hill was captured on camera on Sunday. Oblivious to those around them, the family lashed out, leaving one man in hospital and another arrested. “It was terrifying,” a witness, who did not want to be identified, said. “It was kind of all over the place – I couldn’t really keep up to be honest.” media_cameraA man was arrested and…

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