Call for foreign staff to fill retail gap

Steven Deare (Australian Associated Press)   A shortage of retail workers is hampering Australian businesses after lockdown and there are calls for overseas workers to fill the void. National Retail Association chief executive Dominique Lamb said many members were struggling to find staff to resume regular trade and prepare for the Christmas rush. “We absolutely […]

High Court rules against backpacker tax

Georgie Moore (Australian Associated Press)   Australia’s highest court has ruled against the country’s so-called backpacker levy, finding it in breach of tax treaty clauses with the United Kingdom. Working holidaymakers are required to pay a 15 per cent levy on income up to $37,000 under controversial rules introduced in 2017. British backpacker Catherine Addy […]

Australia international reopening on track

Georgie Moore (Australian Associated Press)   Skilled migrants and international students can return to Australia from Wednesday, when travel bubbles with Japan and South Korea kick off. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed a two-week pause on Australia’s international reopening will end as scheduled. This means travel bubbles with Japan and South Korea, pushed back […]

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Business group urges reopening timetable

Andrew Brown (Australian Associated Press)   A leading business group is calling for all fully vaccinated people to be let back in to Australia, warning the country’s economic recovery from the pandemic could be at risk. The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the federal government to let skilled workers, international students and […]

Incentives for more students, backpackers

The federal government will rebate visa application fees for backpackers and international students heading to Australia in an attempt to address the workforce shortage. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Wednesday the $630 fee for international students would be covered for the next eight weeks, and for backpackers for the next 12 weeks. Treasurer Josh […]

Australia eyes Christmas overseas travel

Matt Coughlan and Andrew Brown (Australian Associated Press)   Australia’s tourism and trade minister believes international borders will be open in time for Christmas. Dan Tehan, who is preparing to jet off for a range of overseas meetings with counterparts, said the nation was on track to lift travel restrictions this year. “I do empathise […]

Snap lockdowns essential for now: Treasury

Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics and Business Correspondent (Australian Associated Press)   Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has warned until 70 per cent of Australians are vaccinated, it is an economic imperative that governments move fast to get on top of coronavirus cases. “If they don’t, we see lengthier and more severe lockdowns which have a much more […]

Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact: 6 January 5:25pm

Robyn Wuth (Australian Associated Press) LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS: * Coronavirus is continuing to spread in Sydney’s west as NSW records four new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, including an 18-year-old man whose positive result had previously been reported by authorities. * Several regional NSW communities are on high […]

Aust F-35A aircraft cleared for deployment

(Australian Associated Press)   Australia’s new squadron of F-35A stealth fighters is ready for deployment on operations after two years of testing. The US-built Lockheed Martin Lightning II fleet was officially cleared on Monday, according to Defence Minister Linda Reynolds. “For the last two years, Defence has rigorously tested the F-35A fleet to assess aircraft […]

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