NSW Labor Party frontbencher Walt Secord steps down amid bullying claims

NSW Labor frontben Walt Secord is stepping down from the shadow ministry after being accused of bullying by past and current colleagues. Key points: Walt Secord says he asked to stand aside following a “long reflection” Several past and present colleagues have accused Mr Secord of bullying It follows the release of the Broderick review … Read more

Loving your job is a capitalist trap, say some Gen Zs and millennials. They’re rejecting the 9-to-5, but how are they coping financially?

Wake up, eat, go to work, come home, eat, sleep, repeat. Living the dream, huh? “Personally, I believe I’m not meant to work. I’m meant to do this all day,” says an audio track on TikTok that went viral for its candid message: working a 9-to-5 job is no longer the ideal lifestyle for many. … Read more

Australia plans to increase migrant intake amid skills crisis

CANBERRA, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) — The Australian government has flagged an increase to the country’s migrant intake. Brendan O’Connor, minister for skills and training, said the new Labor government was considering raising the annual migration cap from its current level of 160,000 with more skilled migrants, including health care workers and IT specialists to address … Read more

To be real on climate, Labor must end logging of native forests

A significant step toward boosting Labor’s lackluster climate policy would be to end the logging of native forests and dump the disastrous Emissions Reduction Fund inherited from the Coalition, writes John Quiggin. THE CLIMATE policy Labor took to the 2022 election was remarkable for its lack of ambition. On the face of it, the target … Read more

Fixing weekend discharge key to improving capacity at South Australia’s hospitals

A senior doctor at Adelaide’s biggest hospital says the health system is under “siege” and pinpoints Mondays as the busiest day. Key points: South Australia’s hospitals are usually busiest on Mondays Discharging patients on weekends is harder due to fewer services available Patients coming in for elective surgery on Monday also add to demand SA’s … Read more

Medi-hotels were sold by Labor as a way to fix WA’s health system, but only one has been built

So-called medi-hotels formed a key part of Mark McGowan’s pitch to voters at the 2017 election, but five years on there is little sign of them. Key points: Three medi-hotels were promised, but only Royal Perth Hospital’s has opened The opposition is criticizing a shift to mental health beds in Joondalup The government expects a … Read more

South Australian shops could open earlier on Sundays and trade on Boxing Day under proposed legislation

Shops would be allowed to open two hours earlier on a Sunday under new laws set to go into state Parliament next month. Key points: The SA government is looking to allow shops to trade from 9am on Sundays The bill would also shops outside the Adelaide CBD to open on Boxing Day Reforming shop … Read more

SA Labor to return $125k donation from CFMEU after alleged vandalism of cars

The South Australian Labor Party will return a $125,000 donation from the construction union, a decision that was prompted by the alleged vandalism of vehicles belonging to staff from the Master Builders Association. Key points: The Victorian branch of the CFMEU donated $125,000 to the SA Labor Party before the March election SA Labor has … Read more

Labor selects former journalist Katelin McInerney to challenge Gareth Ward in Kiama at 2023 NSW election

The New South Wales Labor Party has announced its first candidate ahead of the 2023 election to take on the embattled high-profile Kiama MP Gareth Ward. Key points: Labor has announced former journalist Katelin McInerney will challenge Gareth Ward for the seat of Kiama at the 2023 election. The lifelong Kiama resident said she wanted … Read more

Complete rubbish’: Deputy Liberal leader Sussan Ley rips into Labor and the Greens over Australia’s political landscape

Deputy Liberal leader Sussan Ley says Labor and the Greens believing Australia had become a “lefty country” is “complete rubbish”. Ms Ley made the remarks during a speech to the NSW Liberal state council meeting on Saturday as she discussed the Coalition’s defeat at the May Federal Election. “Two months on from the Federal Election … Read more