When asked why his government does not ensure 26 weeks of paid parental leave, given the productivity gains and social good that would come from it, anthony in albanian He says:
We have something called a budget and if you in the budget did everything you wanted to do, that was a good idea, then it would be an interview that we would do the next morning that would not be about any specific measure. It would be the enormous increase in our our our expenses.
Which seems to indicate that the government is VERY aware of negative media coverage, but doesn’t say why the government can’t do it.
On increasing pay for job seekers, anthony in albanian He says:
I would always like to provide as much support as is financially responsible to people who are having a hard time and I recognize that the people at Jobseeker are doing it poorly.
There was a rise over the last government term and one of the things I’ve said that I’ve said in opposition, I’m saying it again in government is a Labor government that will always look at the payments of each and every budget to see what’s up. affordable and see what we can do to ease the pressure.
‘There is a common interest’ between companies and unions, says Albanese
anthony in albanian says he sees himself as “pro-business and pro-worker”.
But those two aren’t always on the same page: What’s best for business is often not what’s best for workers.
However, Albanese walks both lines in this interview:
I see that there is a common interest between the company and the unions.
He says that if there is a “spirit” of cooperation, issues affecting workers and businesses can be addressed.
Prime Minister says he is not ‘seeking to impose change’ on companies with multi-employer bargaining
anthony in albanian he is talking to you Patricia Carvelas on ABC Radio National, where he is asked if multi-employer bargaining would be mandatory or voluntary.
Albanese says that he will not play the “game on the table” and the discussions continue.
“Those problems will have to be solved,” he says.
I was very encouraged by the spirit of cooperation throughout the summit. So we do not seek to impose changes, what we seek is to have discussions.
Clare O’Neil says Australians who use TikTok should think about what data is being collected from them
Clare O’Neill, wearing his cyber security minister hat, was asked about TikTok collecting data from people while on ABC Breakfast TV. She said:
This isn’t just a TikTok issue – it’s a much bigger issue of how, as Australians, we’re going to interact with technology invented in authoritarian countries.
So I’ve asked my department to start a review process to consider how we can handle this. But I would just say to Australians: This is a really hard problem and it’s very new. There is no country in the world that has achieved this.
I’ve talked to my counterparts in the United States, in Canada, in Britain, in other friendly countries, and we’re all trying to find our way through what is a very modern set of problems.
So we will work very hard on that. But I would say to Australians: if you are using TikTok, please think about what data of yours could be collected and know that we are not always 100% sure how that data is used, and we need to take precautions in this digital age.
The Greens will present a climate activation bill to parliament
Today, the Greens will introduce their climate trigger bill to ban environmental approval of new mines or developments that emit more than 100,000 tons of carbon and require an emissions assessment for projects that emit between 25,000 and 100,000 tons.
The Greens say the proposed laws will plug a major flaw in Australia’s environmental laws that currently allow the environment minister to approve a new mine or development without considering the impact of the project’s pollution on the climate.
The bill also requires the Climate Change Authority to develop a national carbon budget for 2050 that is updated annually. The minister must assess the projects against the remaining carbon budget.
The Greens Senator Sarah Hanson Young said:
Australia’s environmental laws are broken. They are failing to protect nature and our iconic wildlife. The State of the Environment Report made it clear that the climate crisis is a driving force behind unprecedented environmental deterioration and species extinction. The alarm has really sounded and it is time to act.
It is insane that in the midst of this climate crisis and environmental collapse, a new mine or development can get environmental approval without regard to pollution or climate damage…
The Greens’ climate trigger bill will stop new coal and gas. There are 114 new coal and gas projects heading to the environment minister’s desk for approval; not a single one should be approved without considering the impact its emissions will have on the climate.
The Environment Minister, Ask Plibersekhe previously did not rule out a climate trigger in new laws on fossil fuel project assessments, but also pointed to a major revision of the laws last year that said climate impacts could be addressed in other ways.
The Greens pushed for the trigger to be included in Labor’s bill enshrining a 43% emissions reduction target by 2030, but the government refused. That bill still requires the support of Jacqui Lambie either david pocock to pass the Senate. The latter has also supported a climate trigger.
Welcome back to parliament.
After the first session, in which everyone was getting their bearings, the break was filled with the business of ‘just moving on’.
It’s all been cost of living, work, cost of living, weather, cost of living, and cost of living.
But the government does not plan to increase the job search rate, bring forward the child care package or continue to cut the gas tax. Jim Chalmer it has to do with the “$1 trillion debt” and “difficult decisions” in which he says the budget position has left the government.
But with interest rates continuing to rise and inflation going nowhere anytime soon, the cost of living is already rising and is expected to get worse before it gets better. That’s putting things like the $243 billion stage three tax cuts (which take effect in July 2024) in a harsh light, but it’s also putting job seekers and other fees into question. payment of social security, with people who already live below the minimum wage. poverty line facing impossible choices as the cost of living continues to rise, at the same time the country faces a rental crisis.
The government is focusing on labor relations after the two-day jobs and skills summit. The biggest takeaway from this is the idea of multi-employer bargaining, which would not prevent companies from setting up their own EBA, which would not be affected by any multi-employer bargaining, but would help employees in smaller operations to have more power in the negotiation. table.
But there is still a big focus on climate, with the Greens introducing their climate trigger legislation this week, which, if passed, would mean all fossil fuel mining projects would have to show they would not increase emissions to pass. Labor hasn’t closed the door on that, but they aren’t exactly embracing it with open arms either.
We’ll cover the day as it unfolds. You’ve got Sarah Martin, Paul Carp Y joseph butler in Canberra, with mike archers already at work, cameras ready. Because it’s a session of parliament, you got me, Amy Remeikis on the blog most of the day. We mostly stick to Auspol with live politics, but if something important happens elsewhere, don’t worry, we’ll break into political coverage to let you know.
I’ve had two coffees and I’m thinking about the third. So let’s get into that.