China FM calls on Russia, Ukraine not to let war ‘spill over’

China on Saturday at the United Nations urged Russia and Ukraine not to let effects of their war “spill over” and called for a diplomatic resolution. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also sounded a fresh warning on Taiwan amid tensions in the Taiwan Strait, saying Beijing would take “forceful steps” to prevent any outside support … Read more

US, China top diplomats meet to contain high tensions on Taiwan

The top US and Chinese diplomats met Friday in New York as soaring tensions show signs of easing, but Beijing issued a new warning against support for Taiwan. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shook hands but only exchanged pleasantries before the cameras before sitting down with aids on the … Read more

Global Fund raises $14.25 billion to end HIV, TB and malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria raised $14.25 billion Wednesday at a donor conference led by US President Joe Biden, as decades of progress against the diseases are set back by Covid. It was the highest amount ever pledged for a multilateral health organization — but fell far short of the ambitious … Read more

Global Fund seeks $18 billion to end HIV, TB and malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Wednesday sought to raise at least $18 billion at a donor conference led by US President Joe Biden, the decades of progress against the three diseases are set back by Covid. It is the highest ever “replenishment” goal set by the organization, which brings together … Read more

Biden lashes Putin as he backs reformed UN

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday” accused Russia of “shamelessly violating the international order by invading Ukraine, as he pledged billions in food aid and backed an expansion of the UN Security Council seats for the developing world. Biden sought to woo the world in an address to the United Nations hours after Russian President … Read more

Queensland’s Griffith University offers state government student accommodation block to address housing crisis

Two hundred beds of unused student accommodation at the Queensland university’s campus will be converted into crisis accommodation, stakeholders and the government look at ways to tackle the state’s housing crisis that is leaving people in severe financial distress. Key points: Today’s housing roundtable will be followed by a summit on October 20 to try … Read more

Michaelia Cash accuses Anthony Albanese of handing unions a ‘complete and utter win’ and warns of return of ‘dark ages’

Shadow employment minister Michaelia Cash has lashed the Albanian Government for handing the union movement a “complete and utter win” during the two-day Jobs and Skills Summit in Canberra. The summit aimed to address critical shortfalls in the Australian economy including skills shortages, stagnating wages and gender equity. But the gathering of unions, businesses and … Read more

Jobs summit spotlights women in the workforce as Australia’s gender pay gap increases

Politicians, businesses, unions and key stakeholders are meeting in Canberra to try to come up with solutions to Australia’s economic problems. And a big part of the conversation so far has focused on women and their participation in the workforce. Minister for Women and Finance Katy Gallagher told the summit on Thursday that gender pay … Read more

Helping workers upskill a key solution on the table at the National Jobs and Skills Summit

History teacher Katie Magriplis epitomizes Australia’s skills and training predicament. Key points: The training sector and unions say a solution to addressing skills shortages is easing access to short courses Peak body Universities Australia will ask the federal government to fund FEE-HELP loans for university micro-credentials Stakeholders are also calling for improved pay and conditions … Read more

Ross Garnaut’s address to the jobs summit

This is an edited extract from Ross Garnaut’s address to the jobs summit on Thursday night. Read other articles in The Conversation’s series about the summit here. I grew up in the 1940s, in a world of full employment. Workers could leave jobs that didn’t suit them and quickly find others – often moving from … Read more