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Labor's paid parental leave scheme has helped productivity, says government

Department of Social Services reports the 18-week scheme particularly helps low-income women spend extra time with their babies and then return to their jobs<p>Paid parental leave (PPL) is largely achieving its objectives to allow new mothers to spend time with their babies in their infancy while …

Leadership, co-payment to dominate

DESPITE Tony Abbott's leadership being the major focus when parliament resumes, the government's unpopular GP co-payment could be this week's only …

NSW govt pledges power bill help for needy

LOW income households will get help to buy new, more energy efficient appliances if the NSW government is re-elected.

NSW Labor’s $1.3bn education vow

He also promised to train 200 specialist maths and science primary teachers, at a cost of $9.5 million. They would receive 20 days of university …

Australian Labor Party

Netanyahu’s Congress speech scuppers bipartisan unity on support for Israel

Israeli PM is accused of ‘conspiring’ with Republicans to condemn Obama’s policy on Iranian nuclear talks<p>A set piece of the annual gathering of one of the most powerful political lobbies in Washington is the “roll call” of support in Congress for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac).<p>…

Racist tirade against Asians in an Adelaide Hungry Jacks caught on video

In the video which was uploaded to YouTube on Friday, the man stands at the counter demanding “I want it made by a white person,” he then says “I …

Europe in fresh assault on bankers' pay

European Banking Authority expected to widen scope of bonus cap and crack down on allowances<p>Europe's banking supervisor is preparing a fresh crackdown on pay that could see thousands of City workers’ bonuses clipped and raise new tensions between the UK and Brussels.<p>The European Banking Authority …

Obama requests far-reaching war powers in campaign against 'IS' | News | DW | 11.02.2015

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday formally requested congressional approval for a military campaign against the self-proclaimed "Islamic State," …

Barack Obama

Patients face new $20 fee for seeing their GP

Australian patients will be hit by a new $20 fee for seeing their GP when changes to Medicare, introduced by the Abbott government to save billions …

Australian companies fail to identify sustainability risks and opportunities

A new study of ASX 50 companies finds only a handful are dealing with sustainability issues strategically<p>In an interview earlier this year with a corporate sustainability director of a leading Australian corporation, I had hoped to discuss the value of sustainability reporting. What was said I’ve …

Aboriginal group takes Newman Government to United Nations over fracking in the Lake Eyre Basin

The United Nations has been asked to intervene in a battle over oil and gas development in the Lake Eyre Basin.<p>Traditional owners in Queensland's …

Stop Treating Pregnant Women Like Sh*t

I am carrying an unviable pregnancy. It's been two weeks since I had my first bad sonogram. During my first pregnancy, I thought that sonogram images looked like outer space: murky, otherworldly, and not exactly human. On this screen there was a small, empty black hole in the middle of outer space. …

Is history repeating itself already for Tony Abbott?

<b>There was little quarter given when the country turned against Kevin Rudd. That same sense of simple crisis is lacking for the moment in the</b> …

After their divisive and craven campaign, Universities Australia's days are numbered

Universities are not corporations, even if the people that run them get paid like they are. Students and academics deserve a better representative than a fossil fuel lobbyist<p>It’s been a tumultuous week in Australian higher education.<p>With the chaotic mismanagement that has become the hallmark of the …