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Written by Carbon Extra editor Deborah Nesbitt In a step away from the defence department’s green paper, its white paper released yesterday (February 25) accepted climate change posed “major challenges”, at least for Australia’s immediate region (CE 30/10/15). Climate change would “exacerbate the challenges of population growth and environmental degradation, and will contribute to food ...more
Written by Workers Compensation Report editor Peter Angelopoulos Return To Work SA (RTWSA) has proposed the minimum financial guarantee for the state’s self insurers should be raised from $840,000 to $4.5m. It noted that was close to APRA’s $5m in capital requirements for general insurers. RTWSA’s proposed policy, distributed to stakeholders, also flagged changes to ...more
Written by Environmental Manager editor Deborah Nesbitt Federal resources minister Josh Frydenberg has scrambled to fix a problem created by his department which invalidly renewed or extended offshore oil & gas leases by failing to seek the federal environment minister’s consent. Frydenberg on February 10 revealed an audit discovered “offshore petroleum titles with ‘prior usage rights’ have ...more
Landmark data on overseas worker exploitation has revealed almost 75% of Chinese student visa workers in Sydney are paid below the minimum wage, with two out of five paid just $12 an hour or less. For those working as waiters, 100% are paid below the minimum award rate for casuals. The figures represent the first ...more
Written by Environmental Manager editor Deborah Nesbitt CSIRO staff representatives will meet with management today (February 9) after chief executive Larry Marshall’s unexpected Feb 4 revelation about 350 jobs would be axed this year, predominantly in environment and climate science divisions. The news “blindsided” CSIRO employees who were now angry at the lack of consultation, ...more
Written by Environmental Manager editor Deborah Nesbitt An interim report on contamination at Williamtown RAAF base has revealed the Department of Defence (DoD) registered contamination as early as 1999. But the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is still unsure about its powers to tackle pollution on Commonwealth land. Review chair Macquarie University’s Professor Mark Taylor’s ...more