Industrial Relations

Fake Vaccine syndicate exposed in Indonesia and more Zedlines

Fake Vaccine syndicate exposed in Indonesia, Bill Shorten promises to legislate for marriage equality first (without plebiscite), Farm workers owed thousands and more Zedlines

Farm workers owed thousands

A labor hire firm has been accused of underpaying more than 100 employees in Queensland.

Team Search harvesting has been found by Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, to have short-changed a total of nearly sixteen thousand dollars from casual employees between January 2014 and July 2015.

Ms James says the seasonal work marketplace is highly competitive and this can lead to workers being underpaid deliberately and being unaware of their rights.

Democrats stage gun law protest in Washington, and other Zedlines

A group of members of the Democratic Party is protesting for tougher gun control laws after the Orlando mass shooting. (Image Source: Ron Cogswell, Flickr)

Queensland government purchases cattle station

The Queensland Government recently purchased a Cape York cattle station in an attempt to stop sediment and pollution flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.

Environmental activists and field officials have commended the move, stating it will be positive for reef conservation and the economy.

This follows a report on Tuesday that announced Queensland could see a potential loss of 1 billion dollars a year from foreign tourism if the reef continues to be destroyed. 

 

When is a trigger for an election not really a trigger

When Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull announced the 2016 Double Dissolution federal election he said: "The restoration of the ABCC [Australian Building and Construction Commission] is a critical economic reform. The time for playing games is over."

LGBTI Legal Service wins at Queen’s Ball Awards and more Zedlines

The LGBTI Legal Service in Brisbane has won the Community Service of the Year award at the annual Queen’s Ball Awards. (Image Source: Wikicommons)

LGBTI legal service wins at Queen’s Ball Awards
The LGBTI Legal Service in Brisbane has won the Community Service of the Year award at the annual Queen’s Ball Awards.

Executive director of the Legal Service Emile McPhee — who also won Activist of the Year — said the service would continue to fight for equal rights.

The non-profit Legal Service opened its doors six years ago and has been heavily involved in the Queensland Government’s move to expunge historical criminal convictions for consensual homosexual activities.

QLD Government and Opposition get behind recycling scheme and more Zedlines

In a rarity for Queensland politics, the opposition is supporting the government’s plan to introduce a ten-cent refund recycling scheme. (Source: Pixabay)

QLD Government and Opposition get behind recycling scheme
In a rarity for Queensland politics, the opposition is supporting the government’s plan to introduce a ten-cent refund recycling scheme.

With funding available in the coming state budget Environment Minister Steven Miles said the Labor Government have been working with industry and the NSW government on a container deposit scheme.

Mr Miles also said up to 200 jobs would be provided by the strategy in its implementation, which would be similar to the South Australian policy.

Indigenous organisations and programs under investigation and more Zedlines

44 Indigenous organisations and programs around the country are under investigation for fraud and corruption. (Source: Pixabay)

Indigenous organisations and programs under investigation
44 Indigenous organisations and programs around the country are under investigation for fraud and corruption.

Four Corners investigations show executives and trusted figures have abused their positions and misused taxpayer funds.

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is also examining claims of nepotism, conflicts of interest, and failure in governance and accountability.

'I Protest' marches continue in Macedonia and more Zedlines

Activists from Macedonia's Colourful Revolution movement are calling for protests to intensify after police charged dozens of protesters for alleged vandalism. (Source: Wikicommons)

'I Protest' marches continue in Macedonia
Activists from Macedonia's Colourful Revolution movement are calling for protests to intensify after police charged dozens of protesters for alleged vandalism.

The arrests came after protesters started throwing paint-filled balloons at government buildings and controversial state-funded statues in the Macedonian capital Skopje.

The statues were erected in recent years as part of Macedonia's €80 million Skopje 2014 project aimed at renovating the capital's centre.

Animal rights activists want calf scruffing banned and more Zedlines

Animal Liberation Queensland has labelled the calf scruffing practice mindless animal exploitation (Image Source: Pixabay)

 

Animal rights activists want calf scruffing banned

Animal rights activists are calling on the Queensland government to ban calf scruffing.

The controversial practice involves the competitive tackling of calves, with teams racing to wrestle a calf to the ground.

Animal Liberation Queensland released footage of the practice at the Boonah Show recently, labelling it mindless animal exploitation.

Community unrest after Indigenous residents arrested in central Queensland

Victorian Police Minister calls for face masks ban and more Zedlines

Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville has called for face masks to banned after anti-racism and anti-Islamic protests turned violent over the weekend. (Source: Wikicommons)

Victorian Police Minister calls for face masks ban
Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville has called for face masks to banned after anti-racism and anti-Islamic protests turned violent over the weekend.

Ms Neville will meet with Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton to discuss the State Government’s response to the violence.

Among the issues to be discussed will be the use of face masks as well as changes to police powers that prevents officers from stopping violent protests.

UN rules Australian indefinite detention of refugees illegal - and more Zedlines

UN rules Australian indefinite detention of refugees illegal, Struggle Street denied permit to film in Brisbane, Bombings in Baghdad leave dozens dead and more Zedlines

UN Ruling on Australia’s Asylum seeker policy

The UN has ruled that Australia’s indefinite detention of refugees on secret security grounds is arbitrary and illegal. 

The Australian government has been told by the UN human rights commision that they should offer compensation to five people who were illegally incarcerated between 2009 and 2015.

The five people were recognised as refugees, but were not granted visas as the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation deemed them a security risk.

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