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50 years of government responses to Senate committee reports

In just over 6 months, the 47th Parliament has established close to 70 committees and tabled more than 70 reports across the Senate and House of Representatives committees. However, once a committee tables a report with recommendations, what’s next? This question was raised 50 years ago and led to a resolution requiring the Government to respond to Senate committees’ recommendations, as will be discussed in this Flagpost article. Read more...

Same same, but different: International Women’s Day 2023 focuses on a more equal future

International Women’s Day (IWD) is being acknowledged on 8 March 2023. The UN Women’s theme for this year is #CrackingtheCode, which aims to use innovation to increase women’s participation in the digital world through better access to technology, increased inclusivity and championing of women’s involvement in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Read more...

Commemorative sculpture of Dame Enid Lyons and Dame Dorothy Tangney

On 8 March 2023, a commemorative sculpture of Dame Enid Lyons and Dame Dorothy Tangney will be unveiled in the National Triangle (Parliamentary Triangle) near the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. It will be the first statue of Australian women in the Triangle; the only woman previously honoured was Queen Elizabeth II, whose statue is located on the Queen’s Terrace at Parliament House. Read more...

Coffee franchisor in a froth

The Inquiry into 7-Eleven report by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) and other similar reports revealed systematic underpayment of migrant workers and other unlawful employment practices by some franchisees. In response, the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 (the Amending Act) made amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) to make franchisors and holding companies responsible for underpayments by their franchisees or subsidiaries where they knew, or ought reasonably to have known of the contraventions, and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent them [sections 558A, 558B and 558C]. On 7 February 2023, the FWO instituted proceedings against 85 Degrees Coffee Au... Read more...

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