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State Trustee in Vic ombudsman sights

State Trustee in Vic ombudsman sights

Victoria’s State Trustee, which administers more than $1 billion worth of assets, will be investigated by the ombudsman amid claims the financial wishes of vulnerable people are being ignored. Ombudsman Deborah Glass on Tuesday said the investigation would examine State Trustees’ role as an administrator for people who are unable to manage their financial and…

Catholic schools seek funding clarity

Catholic schools seek funding clarity

Catholic educators are hoping to get some clarity on school funding at a meeting with the federal minister in Sydney on Thursday. Catholic Education Commission of Victoria executive director Stephen Elder said non-government schools were starting term three with no idea about how much funding they would receive from the Turnbull government in 2019. “It’s…

China confident in 2018 growth targets

China confident in 2018 growth targets

China is still confident of hitting its economic growth target of around 6.5 per cent this year despite views that it faces a bumpy second half as a trade row with the United States intensifies, the state planning agency says. The remarks came a day after China reported slightly slower growth for the second quarter…

Manslaughter charge after ambulance crash

Manslaughter charge after ambulance crash

A woman has been charged with manslaughter after she allegedly drove through a red light and was on the wrong side of the road when she crashed into an ambulance in Perth, inflicting fatal injuries to an elderly patient. The crash in Dianella last week caused the ambulance to roll on its side and an…

New ACTU president vows to boost diversity

New ACTU president vows to boost diversity

Michele O’Neil is calling for more diversity in union leadership as the new ACTU president tries to arrest dwindling numbers of union members in Australia. Members make up just 15 per cent of Australia’s workforce and Ms O’Neil, who was elected president at the Australian Council of Trade Unions Congress on Tuesday, says that’s not…

ALP’s labour hire plan slammed by minister

ALP’s labour hire plan slammed by minister

Workplace Minister Craig Laundy has warned Labor’s proposed crackdown on dodgy labour hire companies will cripple the industry and punish employees. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten promised to introduce legislation, if Labor wins the next federal election, to guarantee labour-hire workers the same pay and conditions as people directly employed by businesses. But Mr Laundy said…

SBS chief steps down after seven years

SBS chief steps down after seven years

SBS chief Michael Ebeid is stepping down after more than seven years at the helm of the public broadcaster. During his time with SBS, it has launched NITV and Food Network, and entered into long-term rights agreements for the FIFA World Cup and Tour de France, and deals for the English Premier League and A-League.…

Sudanese gangs a real concern: Turnbull

Sudanese gangs a real concern: Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has added to a fiery debate about crime, youth and ethnicity by saying Melbourne can’t pretend it hasn’t got a Sudanese gangs problem. Victoria Police has downplayed concerns about alleged gangs of African-Australian youths, but also acknowledges there is a small group of core offenders causing trouble. “The fact is there is a…

Senior minister has high praise for Downer

Senior minister has high praise for Downer

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says Georgina Downer, the Liberal blue blood candidate in Mayo, is a potential future political star capable of “anything in Australia”. He was campaigning with Ms Downer in Strathalbyn, south of Adelaide, on Tuesday for the byelection in the seat her father Alexander held for 24 years. “If we’re lucky…

Retailers warned after 5000 staff lose $2m

Retailers warned after 5000 staff lose $2m

Retailers across the country have been warned to make sure they’re paying staff properly after cosmetics business Lush admitted it owed 5000 staff as much as $2 million. Lush Australia director Peta Granger says audits are ongoing but it’s known staff have been underpaid since 2010 due to incorrect interpretations of the retail award. Some…