Thursday 2nd of July 2020

scomo does the kanbra press club on tuesday, with metaphors...

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the Government will shelve contentious "union-busting" laws as a sign of good faith, while pointing towards an overhaul of Australia's industrial relations system.


Key points:
  • The Government will not pursue a second vote on its Ensuring Integrity Bill, which was strongly opposed by unions
  • Mr Morrison says the current industrial relations system is not fit for purpose
  • The Government will hold a number of consultations on the issue ahead of the October Budget


Mr Morrison used a speech to the National Press Club to announce Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter would lead a new process bringing together unions, employer groups and businesses to try to change the current system, which he said was "not fit for purpose".

"It is a system that has, to date, retreated to tribalism, conflict, and ideological posturing," he said.

"No side of that debate has been immune from those maladies."

The Government's most recent attempt to crack down on what it sees at union misconduct has been stuck in the Senate after failing to get crossbench support last year.


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... and bugger all for the arts...

Victoria’s Creative Industries minister Martin Foley was in a bullish mood last week, announcing Melbourne’s new Rising festival would come with a bespoke $2m commissioning fund for local artists. “Rising is set to play an important role as we emerge from this crisis, reigniting the exciting creative offering Victoria is known for and rebooting our visitor economy,” Foley said. It was welcome news for one of the worst-hit sectors of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As the nation begins to reopen shops and schools, the cultural sector remains mostly shut, and haemorrhaging revenue. Early numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that more than half of arts and recreation businesses have closed. Grattan Institute number crunching models a 50% fall in unemployment in arts and recreation.

In the face of this crisis, state and territory governments have responded with a series of emergency grants and cultural stimulus measures. The various provincial support policies add up to a small but meaningful national stimulus for the cultural sector. All up, close to $130m has been committed by the states and territories since the Covid-19 crisis hit in March.


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