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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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Macquarie University takes students to court to dissolve MUPRA union


Sydney : A Sydney university is taking seven of its own students to the NSW Supreme Court in a bid to dissolve an independent student association and seize more than half a million dollars in funds.Macquarie University will seek to forcibly close the postgraduate representative association (MUPRA) and absorb $500,000 in its reserves, according to court documents. The university has ...

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Cascade Coal challenges ICAC report in wake of Cunneen ruling


Perth : A mining company that secured a lucrative coal exploration licence over the Obeid family’s farm is pushing ahead with a legal challenge to a report which led to the licence being cancelled, in an apparent bid to win compensation from the state government.Cascade Coal has asked the NSW Court of Appeal to strike down an Independent Commission Against ...

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