The Australian Council of Trade Unions has released a major policy paper outlining an ambitious, multi-faceted program to address the chronic shortage of work, and the steady erosion of job quality, in Australia. The full paper, Jobs You Can Count On, is available on the ACTU's website. It contains specific proposals to stimulate much stronger job-creation, reduce unemployment and underemployment, improve job quality (including through repairs to Australia's industrial relations system), and ensure that all communities (including traditionally marginalised populations like indigenous peoples, women, youth, and people with disability) have full access to the decent work opportu
4 May 2018
Supply measure projects
We refer to the proposed amendment to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. That amendment is based on 36 ‘supply measure’ projects. Supply measures aim to achieve the same environmental outcome as under the original Basin Plan, but using less water. The Commonwealth has committed $1.6 billion to implement these supply measures.
The Auditor-General has received correspondence from Senators Patrick, Griff, Hanson-Young and Bernardi, Ms Rebekha Sharkie MP and the Hon. Tony Burke MP dated 24 April 2018, requesting that the Auditor-General conduct an investigation to examine the purchases of water for environmental flows in the Murray-Darling Basin. This request is under consideration and the response will be published on the Australian National Audit Office website.
To Premier Will Hodgman and Opposition Leader Rebecca White,
Public trust in government is at an all-time low around Australia. We are working together to improve accountability and trust in public administration at a state and federal level.
Clean energy technology is becoming competitive with fossil fuels, globally. This provides the basis for a new strategic approach to solving the political aspect of the climate threat.
This is a speech given at 'Imagining a Different Future Conference', Hobart, on 8 February 2018, hosted by the University of Tasmania, the University of Utrecht Ethics Institute, the University of Tasmania's Institute for the Study of Social Change, the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Science (IMAS).
NEM Fossil generation failure in the 2017 heatwaves
During the February 2017 heatwave across south eastern Australia, 14% of fossil generating capacity (3,600 MW) failed during critical peak demand periods in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland as a result of faults, largely related to the heat.
Comparative energy technology costs
An open letter, published as a full-page advertisement in today’s Australian Financial Review, calls for a higher emission reduction target for the electricity sector – well above the 26% proposed by the government’s National Energy Guarantee (NEG).
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Signatories to the letter comprise high-profile business leaders, CEOs, academics, economists and investors, including Simon Holmes a Court, Dr Hugh Saddler, Dr Renate Egan, Dean Spaccavento, and Nobel Prize winner Professor Peter Doherty.
Queensland government will be “substantially involved” in any loan to Adani under the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), as outlined by the Department that helped design the NAIF, in its submission to the Senate NAIF inquiry.
This account has been confirmed by the Queensland government’s own submission, which notes that Queensland’s “roles and responsibilities… through the assessment and approval process” includes a cross-government “Queensland NAIF Panel [that] has been formed to consider each Investment Proposal.”
Tell us what work is like for you and join our survey here
The Australia Institute Tasmania have joined forces with Unions Tasmania to better understand what Tasmanians want and need from their jobs. Do you have enough work? too much? not enough money or no job at all?