ALP announces crackdown on worker exploitation

ALP announces crackdown on worker exploitation

Workplace inspectors would get new powers to raid workplaces to check people were not being underpaid and labour hire companies would need to comply with new licensing agreements under a NSW Labor crackdown on wage theft.  In his speech to the NSW Labor Party conference on Saturday ALP leader Luke Foley launched a landmark industrial relations policy to combat the underpayment of young and other vulnerable workers. Ashleigh Mounser was underpaid in numerous jobs in Wollongong. Photo: Janie Barrett“There’ll be punishing fines for companies and jail terms of individuals guilty of systemic wage theft,” Mr Foley said. A NSW Labor…

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US detects 'highly unusual' North Korean submarine activity

US detects 'highly unusual' North Korean submarine activity

An ejection test examines a missile’s “cold-launch system,” which uses high pressure steam to propel a missile out of the launch canister into the air before its engines ignite, preventing damage to the submarine or submersible barge that would launch the missile. Carried out on land at Sinpo Naval Shipyard, Sunday’s ejection test is the third time this month — and fourth this year — that North Korea has conducted a trial of the missile component that is critical to developing submarine launch capabilities, according to the US defense official….

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Foreign policy trials rise amidst Trump's domestic turmoil

Foreign policy trials rise amidst Trump's domestic turmoil

North Korea is launching missiles designed to reach the US; Moscow is forcing a drastic reduction in US diplomatic staff in Russia; Venezuela is wracked by violence as its democracy dies; and Iran has been expanding its reach in Syria and Iraq.  These situations have been festering as the President, in his first seven months, has gone through two chiefs of staff, two national security advisers, two communications directors, one FBI director a deepening investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia and a struggle to advance his domestic agenda.  Rumors…

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Game of Thrones chat episode 3: A toast to our queens

Game of Thrones chat episode 3: A toast to our queens

Updated August 01, 2017 08:03:05 Photo: The powerful women of Westeros were front and centre this episode. (HBO) Related Story: Why the next project from the Game of Thrones creators is so controversial Related Story: Game of Thrones chat: In Episode 2, things finally begin to come together With precious few episodes left to wrap things up, HBO hit fast-forward on Game of Thrones this week. So fasten your seatbelts and join your Westerosi correspondents Pete Marsh and Dan Miller to see what you might have missed. Before we begin,…

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'Time for talk is over': US grapples for new approach on North Korea

'Time for talk is over': US grapples for new approach on North Korea

North Korea’s test of a long-range missile Friday that could potentially hit major US cities drew condemnation from the US, China, Japan and South Korea, and calls for a rethinking in tactics toward Pyongyang, given the dramatic escalation in its capabilities. It was a seemingly stark admission — the US ambassador to the UN suggesting the North Korean crisis couldn’t be solved through diplomatic channels in the Security Council. Analysts said that Haley’s comments publicly undermined the Security Council, which has been at the forefront of sanctions that have attempted…

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