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Auditor-general Grant Hehir highlights state’s $900 million in construction cost blow-outs


The auditor-general has rebuked the state government for its management of major construction projects, citing $900 million worth of recent blow-outs. A report released on Thursday by auditor Grant Hehir into large construction initiatives found that the cost of 50 major projects built between 2010 and 2014 increased by about 7 per cent, despite all projects including large “contingencies” for ...

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Bali executions: Raji Sukumaran’s heartbreaking letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo


Myuran Sukumaran’s mother has written a heart-rending letter to Indonesian President Joko Wododo, the man who put her son to death. Her letter was both sorrowful and exacting as the grief that overwhelmed Raji Sukumaran during the traumatic hours before her son’s execution were fortified by anger.”I am not sure where you were as the men you ordered to kill ...

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Higher wages offered for fewer public service sickies


Federal public servants might win higher pay rises if they agree to take fewer sickies, as part of a softening of the Abbott government’s public sector bargaining rules. With wage talks in stalemate across the 160,000-strong Commonwealth bureaucracy, departmental bosses have been given a little more flexibility to try to break the impasse and can now put their workplaces’ soaring ...

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Migrant workers in slave-like conditions, ABC’s Four Corners reports


Brisbane : Food supplied to Australia’s biggest supermarkets and fast food chains is being processed or picked by migrant workers in slave-like conditions, it has been reported.An ABC Four Corners program has revealed widespread exploitation of people on working holiday visas.At a chicken processing factory, migrants have been forced to work 18 hours a day, seven days a week.One man ...

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Brown coal extends rebound, pushing up power sector emissions: Pitt & Sherry


Sydney : Brown coal’s share of the main national electricity grid has surged to its highest level since September 2012, increasing the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions, energy consultants Pitt & Sherry say.The fresh data came as climate change ministers from around the country met in Adelaide on Monday to discuss how state governments might co-operate on emissions.Coal-fired power plants accounted ...

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