Cost of living concerns will be addressed in budget

Measures to address cost of living concerns will be a key component of the upcoming federal budget, according to the prime minister. With less than a week until the 2022/23 budget is handed down, Scott Morrison said work was being finalised on ways to address the soaring cost of essentials such as petrol and groceries. […]

NDIS delivers $52bn benefit to economy

Georgie Moore (Australian Associated Press)   The National Disability Insurance Scheme is estimated to leave the economy $52 billion better off, delivering $2.25 for every dollar spent. An analysis commissioned by National Disability Services lays out the costs of underfunding the scheme, showing about 10,200 jobs are lost for every $1 billion of underspending. Progressive […]

Push to ensure schools return on time

Paul Osborne and Dominic Giannini (Australian Associated Press)   The two biggest states have backed a federal push for schools to reopen in a coordinated way across the country. Queensland has moved to delay the start of the school term by a fortnight, after health advisers said it would give more time for people to […]

Government works to prevent future viruses

Dominic Giannini (Australian Associated Press)   There are an estimated 1.7 million undiscovered viruses in mammals and birds, any one of which could become a new pandemic. To combat and manage emerging zoonotic diseases, the federal government will put an additional $8.4 million into Australia’s wildlife health and early detection research over the next four […]

80 per cent vaccination by mid-November

Matt Coughlan (Australian Associated Press)   Australia is on track to hit the crucial milestone of 80 per cent coronavirus vaccination coverage in mid-November and could reach 90 per cent just weeks after that. Vaccine rollout co-ordinator John Frewen revealed the latest government projections for people aged 16 and over at a Senate hearing on […]

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