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The House has just passed the $130 billion JobKeeper package - a wage subsidy that @AustralianLabor , @unionsaustralia and business called for.

This will save jobs and livelihoods.

It will give Australians the best chance of recovering.

But there’s more to do.

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Sadly, some people will still fall through the cracks.

More than 1 million casuals, and visa workers will miss out.

That’s why Labor called on the Government to extend the JobKeeper payment to any visa holder that is currently in Australia and unable to return home.
The Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has the power to include more people in the JobKeeper scheme with the stroke of his pen.

He should use it. It’s the right thing to do.

It’s the Australian way to see #noworkerleftbehind

#auspol
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Standby for COVID-19 modelling - PM @ScottMorrisonMP to hold a press conference in 15 minutes, we’ll bring it to you live on @SBS @SBSNews #auspol
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Porter’s claims that Labor is opposed to the Job Keeper package is unhinged. We called for it for weeks while gov ruled it out. He’s now claiming we will vote against amendments that haven’t even been drafted yet. It’s hysterical, stupid, nonsense. #auspol @SkyNewsAust @abcnews
So late last night we receive draft legislation and the section amending the Fair Work Act is left blank. Then Christian Porter goes into the media today claiming Labor has made a decision on words that haven’t been written.
This is the second day in a row where Christian Porter’s behaviour has been appalling. Yesterday he claimed unions were supportive of the wage subsidy being used to run down leave because of an application in the FW Commission that started before the wage subsidy was announced.
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#Auspol #Pell THREAD: 1. 2017, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered final report. Following are its findings re Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns, who moved serial paedophile priest Ridsdale from parish to parish, to abuse 100s of children.
2. George #Pell was a consultor to Bishop Mulkearns - one of inner circle of priests whom the Bishop consulted on priestly appointments and movements. No-one, including Pell, argued Mulkearns didn't know about what Ridsdale was doing. There is enormous evidence to support that.
3. What #Pell did say is that Mulkearns kept the truth from his consultors. Pell gave this evidence from Rome in 2016. He did so bc he was, his Vatican doctor (Dr Polisca, who declares medical medical miracles to say someone's a saint), wrote, too ill to fly back to Australia.
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Thread. I spent last night looking at Australia's #COVIDー19 testing data🦉Especially after we heard the PM say Australia has one of the highest testing rates in the world. True? 1/10
covid19data.com.au
#COVID19au #covid19australia #coronavirusau #auspol
I pulled some testing data from other countries. There are a stack of caveats here b/c of the different ways countries test and report, but here's what I found ... 2/10
We all know South Korea (blue line) is the gold standard - expansive and consistent. Germany (brown line) is another leader now. And the USA (green line) has a lot of patchy data but is in the midst of a massive push. (UK is lower - more on that another time). 3/10
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HOME DISINFECTION GUIDE:
From a nurse educator with 37 years experience - Don't overdo it folks -
Our body NEEDS to live in harmony with trillions of bugs. Manage your home entry points then live like a grub! Your immune system will thank you! #auspol #covid19australia
Home entry points are:
1. External door handles
2. Shoes
3. Clothing - only for those with excessive public contact outside home
4. Post & parcels.
5. Groceries.
1. Clean external door handles if touched by unsanitised hands. If you carry alcohol rub with you outside the house, use that BEFORE opening doors. Use it BEFORE getting in your car when out shopping etc so inside your car remains "clean".
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𝗖𝗔𝗡 𝗪𝗘 𝗧𝗥𝗨𝗦𝗧 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗖𝗢𝗔𝗟𝗜𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡? (A thread)
#auspol #COVID19Aus

[1] When the economic ramifications of this pandemic started to become clear, I pined for the response we could have had if Australia had elected a @billshortenmp led Labor government.
[2] My genuine worry was that the Coalition would persist in its fervent disdain for all things stimulus, keep insisting on a surplus, and keep blaming Labor for putting us into debt during the GFC.
[3] So, I wouldn’t be the first person to say that I’m feeling genuine relief at how far the Morrison government has gone to support Australian workers to get through this crisis, and how receptive they have been to action that they might not have otherwise taken.
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Thread. 1/12. Let’s talk about transmission sources. The growth of #COVID19 in Australia appears to have slowed with fewer confirmed cases announced for the last 3 days (yes, let's talk testing and 3-day averages soon).

#COVID19au #Covid_19australia
2/12. Today was just over 2 weeks since the fed govt announced travellers arriving in Aus had to self-isolate for 14 days. And it was about 1.5 weeks since borders closed to non-residents and non-citizens. So we’re probably seeing these policies start to bite. #auspol
3/12. So the question is - how many of the new confirmed cases each day are linked to OS-travel, and how many are community transmissions?
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The Morrison Government has today announced $150 million to boost programs to combat domestic violence - including counseling, 1800 RESPECT, Mensline and a new communications campaign to ensure people know where they can seek help. 1/
Extra investment is desperately needed to increase the capacity of specialist services to support women's safety at this time - so this funding boost is a positive development.

BUT today's announcement is nowhere near what's needed. 2/
Experts have already told the Morrison government that even *just* for safe at home programs, $180 million is needed to meet demand.

Source: awava.org.au/2020/03/26/blo…

Today's commitment appears to be $150 million spread across at least 6 different service areas. 3/
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I see Clive Palmer is in the news today, taking on board fabulous new responsibilities as the nation's philanthropic pharmacist.

He also seems to be a very big fan of the Brisbane Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner of the QLD LNP.

#qldpol #auspol
And that's fabulous. A lot of QLD Liberal National party people work for Clive Palmer - which helps keep things nice and close.

Because good communication and sharing of information is vital in politics.
Especially when the senior lobbyist employed by Clive Palmer is also employed by the Brisbane City Council as the mayor's policy adviser.

It just, you know - helps keeps things in the family.

#qldpol
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JUST LISTEN.

People are talking about "#HerdImmunity immunity." Do. You. Not. Understand.

With no vaccine, 60% of people have to be infected before herd immunity kicks in. 60% of the 2020 population of Australia (25,499,884) is 15,299,930 people. #coronavirusaustralia #auspol
2/ Some experts are saying it might be up to 90% of all ppl infected in order to achieve herd immunity, similar to measles. 1 in 7 Australians is over the age of 65.

4 million Australians w/disability and that is not even counting most chronically ill/sick people.
3/ Even if you do not care about disabled people and children who have chronic illnesses, maybe you could think about your parents and grandparents. If you need help with this, cut out their pictures, stick them inside your front door. Remember who you are putting in danger.
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Yay, ADF to assist Australian police with coronavirus infection control. #auspol #covid19australia
*knock knock*
"Who is it?"
"ADF"
"ADF? Fuck off."
"You want me to drop this cunt?"
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You know how you’re all staying home to protect seniors and disabled people?
Guess what they’re doing to help disabled people? You know, the ‘most vulnerable’? THE TRUTH - a thread. #auspol #NDIS #HighRiskCovid19 #coronavirusaustralia #coronavirus #CoronavirusLockdown #COVID19au
2/ The unions, Labor and NDS have negotiated for registered disability service providers to get a 10% loading fee - money taken out of our (already underfunded) funding plus an advance payment with a 10 day cancellation policy.
Most of our services have been cut or withdrawn.
3/ People are still being packed into sheltered workshops with 500 people in them, all over Australia. If they withdraw, they lose that funding because it’s a ‘stated support’. And their two dollar an hour wage. But respite centres and activities are closing down.
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They are suspending and cancelling payments of people who are on @Centrelink during the #covid19australia crisis
@Centrelink Hey @IanWoolf do you know the new correct number to call? 13 23 07 seems to be a Helpdesk 132468 seems to go to information about budget and does not put you to an operator? I am lost with who to contact or call?
@Centrelink So the system online that we just got into says “Payment reporting due 6th April” then on another page it says “payment suspended” who is getting into this computer system and what is going wrong? This is a code problem what is the automation doing? #auspol #centerlink
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Just got a call from a photographer who was going to be doing a newborn shoot for my daughter, a month away from being born.

She was in tears. She has to close up shop. The vibrant cafe at my place of work has had to let go 5 staff and is empty, the block was distraught.

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@ScottMorrisonMP every person fired, hours cut, their properties and livelihoods surrendered to flame or bank. Every person who dies, contracts or loses someone from this pandemic. Every person who suffers shame from having to ask for help. Every person who is...

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rendered to an ICU or incapable of receiving life threatening treatement thanks to a covid contractor.

This is on your head. For the last five crisis the reaction from the government should have been go hard, go early and nip it in the bud. But your mandate, your inane...

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The @g20org Virtual Summit on Thurs will be a defining moment for international cooperation.

We need a global response to this truly global crisis. No country can exit it alone.

Here are 4 things middle powers like @G20Australia should push:

1/10 #auspol #COVIDー19
*1 – A global response mechanism*

There’s a world shortage of key resources: time, medical equipment, hospital beds, pharma. Zero-sum competition for them increases risk for all.

A science-based coord'n mechanism gets them where they provide most protection for everyone.

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*2 – A temporary regime for moving response-critical people + goods.*

Moving personnel to where they are most needed would be easier with ‘green lanes’ like those suggested by @vonderleyen

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#BREAKING PM Scott Morrison announces new restrictions to deal with coronavirus

From midnight tomorrow night, the following are closed:
- food court in shopping centres
- auction houses
- open house inspections
- outdoor and indoor markets (excluding food markets)
- beauticians and tattoo parlours are closing
- hairdressers and barbers can continue with strict controls, and half hour time limits
- amusement parks and arcades are closing
- play centres closed too
- boot camps and personal training limited to 10 people
- weddings can continue only where it’s the couple, the celebrant and witnesses (5 people)
- funerals need to be limited to no more than 10 people

PM says those two are not easy decisions
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It took a lot of questioning and pressure to get the government to give students the basic dignity of an increase to #YouthAllowance and to realise the negative impact their approach would have had on young people.

#Auspol #coronavirusaustralia #COVID19Aus #Raisetherateforall
This victory shows the importance of holding the government to account, even when they’re adamant that they will not budge.

#Auspol #coronavirusaustralia #COVID19Aus #Raisetherateforall
This isn’t over. We need to make sure people on disability support pension and carer allowance will also see a raise in this time of crisis.

#Auspol #coronavirusaustralia #COVID19Aus #Raisetherateforall
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Why we need an emergency Unconditional Universal Basic Income (UUBI) right now. It should be set at $650 per week emergency UUBI for 12 weeks at least + 50$ per week which is in place for longer and that rate is set by the reserve bank @ScottMorrisonMP @AlboMP #auspol #COVID19Aus
This gives the reserve bank more ammunition to control the economy than just interest rates.

1/ Too many systems are going to need some kind of intervention - income support, mortgages and credit cards, targeted industry support, gig economy workers, renters and landlords, etc.
We have already seen unintended consequences creeping in with for example debtors refusing to continue payment arrangements because they think they "can't be bankrupted during the emergency".
@phbarratt @simonahac @mcannonbrookes
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#auspol #nswpol The NSW Teachers Federation says it understood the state government was moving to wind down school operations, but all the plans changed during the National Cabinet meeting.
President, Angelo Gavrielatos says teachers want the hypocrisy to end ..
"We're told social distancing protocols should be observed in all places, that is impossible in classrooms, corridors and corridors ...
"We're told that children are low risk vectors for the virus at schools, but suddenly become high risk vectors in shopping centres and playgrounds,
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It is clear at this point that @ScottMorrisonMP and the rest of the ruling class could not give less of a fuck about ordinary people. They have had months to prepare for this crisis and yet they still have no plan in place to stop the spread of the disease.
They should be learning from other countries by shutting down all non essential industries with full compensation for workers and pouring billions into health to fund testing and treatment.
And yet all we've seen is massive bailouts to industry to protect profits and the economy while Morrison scolds ordinary people for not self isolating, something that he was advocating against last week
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@ScottMorrisonMP @AlboMP @abcnews @andrewprobyn @vanOnselenP #ScottyFromMarketing You've got to be kidding? You were expected to 'Clarify' the actions, decisions & recommendations of the #NationalCabinet". Well mate, you need better #SpeechWriters, cos it was another #EpicFail!
How can you claim to have a fully Representative #NationalCabinet without inviting ALL #Federal #Political parties to the table? @AlboMP & @AustralianLabor must be a part of your deliberations & represented directly in this forum.
All #StandingOrders & #Legislation unrelated to #CORVID19 in both Federal Houses should be suspended until this crisis is under control. #auspol
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The Wechat App and the toilet paper debacle
A Thread by The citizen journalist (according to Peter Van Onselen) Alex Devantier
A few Years ago, I was asked to represent Natio (skincare company) #auspol
@ Myers Melbourne on Boxing day to help out a mate I said sure a few hundred bucks for a few hours work, boy was I in for a hell of a day #auspol
Boxing day is usually busy, but this was something else, as soon as I arrived all I could see was Chinese tourists, looking at their phone screens #auspol
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I will be tweeting social welfare stimulus announcements here. #auspol #Covid_19australia
Key announcement: The government has introduced a $550 “time limited” supplement to Jobseeker Payment, Youth Allowance (jobseeker), Parenting Payment and others. #auspol #Covid_19australia
Up to 5,000 extra @ServicesGovAU staff will be employed #auspol #Covid_19australia
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