The Morrison administration kicks off the final day of the commercial blitz before budget with pledges of $ 4 billion for road and rail spending, and $ 10 billion for elderly care and a health package for women. Follow the latest updates
Sun May 9, 2021 11/23 BST
First published on May 9, 2021, 10:42 p.m. CET
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Josh Frydenberg and Treasury Secretary Steven Kennedy are in the process of doing the very important pre-budget task of getting their photos included with the budget books before they deliver the budget tomorrow.
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Allegro Funds is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Holgate as the future Group Chief Executive Officer of Global Express.
Holgate will lead the transformation strategy for the growing parcel and logistics organization once Allegro completes the acquisition Owner Japan Post has completed.
I am honored to be joining the Global Express team. I firmly believe in the potential of the business and have great respect for the people at Global Express and Allegro. Said Holgate.
Global Express has faced challenges lately and there is still a lot of hard work ahead of us. However, the combination of new funding, a focused local leadership team, a strong position in growing markets and Allegro’s turnaround expertise will ensure the success of the business.
When the world emerges from Covid, it is crucial that we are building more resilience in our logistics networks in Australia and New Zealand. E-commerce in Australia is still behind comparable countries with around 15% of sales. The future success of the retail sector will depend to a large extent on Global Express delivering the competitive delivery service required to expand. She said.
The circumstances in which Holgate is leaving Australia Post are still the subject of a Senate committee investigation. Holgate is still deciding whether or not to take legal action against Australia Post.
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In case you haven’t had a chance, this story from Murph about a potential refugee sponsorship program is well worth your time:
The Morrison government has a Canadian model for sponsoring after a review of the Australian assistance program Keeping an eye on refugees in the community.
Guardian Australia anticipates the government to be positive about some elements of the Canadian system where private groups or community organizations cover the financial costs and settlement support for humanitarian participants. Canada has welcomed more than 300,000 refugees since the community sponsorship program began in the 1970s.
Commonwealth Coordinator General for Migrant Services, Alison Larkins, conducted a review of current support arrangements in Australia and appointed Alex Hawke, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migration Services and Multicultural Affairs presented detailed recommendations. The review comes after a separate review of Australia’s humanitarian program by former senior bureaucrat Peter Shergold.
In the last budget, the government cut the number of refugees admitted under the humanitarian program by 5,000 places to just 13,750 – and that was an « upper limit ». – That means it was the absolute maximum, not a target.
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A mass vaccination center for COVID-19 opens at Sydney Olympic Park as the city maintains most of its coronavirus restrictions for another week.
The NSW government expects the homebush Hub, which opens on Monday and will be the first to open in the state, will be able to manage 30,000 Covid-19 jabs per week.
It will be staffed by hundreds of medical staff and open six days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in a purpose-built commercial building.
The hub will be open to people in categories 1a and 1b for the first two weeks, before expanding to people over 50 on May 24th.
Victoria now has 25,300 doses of vaccine Removed from NSW after six mass vaccination centers across the state went online.
The hub opening comes fresh from the NSW government, which is extending current restrictions in the greater Sydney area for another week, with the exception of the use of masks i m retail.
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What has been absolutely amazing in the past few months * is to watch all federal politicians who raged against restrictions and border controls, and what urban restrictions have inflicted on regional and rural areas, now turn around and talk about how amazing it is Living in Australia right now is compared to the rest of the world.
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With the confirmation, the international border will not be opened until next year and the vaccination program will be delayed. Also, don’t expect the majority of Australians to be vaccinated by 2022. We’ll have to wait to see the budget to see what the Treasury Department accepts because the government didn’t set a target on it.
Michael McCormack, who is still the current Deputy Prime Minister, was after at the ABC News Breakfast asked about the vaccination schedule and kept using a lot of words to say absolutely nothing:
As soon as possible. It’s a big country. It is the greatest logistical exercise in Australian history, absolutely in Australian peace history, as Brendan Murphy has said on any number of occasions, and this is how we make sure we introduce this vaccination, we are very cooperative and cooperative with civil servants together and we will continue to do so and we ask the Australians to continue to be their best selves.
The Australians have been great. They practiced social distancing and wore masks when asked to, despite the fact that in some cases, in some cases, in regional cases, they were hundreds of kilometers away from the nearest coronavirus case. I thank the Australians on behalf of the government for doing just that. That is why we have kept our country largely safe and free.
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Parliament isn’t sitting today, but it’s the day before the budget, which means everyone is in town and everyone has some last minute news to get out of.
The government is trying to get theirs Reversing the start of the year by remembering the health of women and women in the household. No doubt you’ve seen the headlines about what this is supposed to be women’s budget. a???? but we are still waiting for details.
And since this is an election year, infrastructure is one of the big expense items. But how much of that money will be brought forward and how much is new has yet to be clarified.
As with everything in politics, the devil is absolutely in the details. And that’s what we’re looking for.
Budget aside, there’s still Fortress Australia, with Scott Morrison telling News Corp that there’s not enough information on how the vaccines work to push Australia back. Border controls still. Yesterday there was Kerfuffle? The story originally went that Morrison upheld « zero cases » which the government denies. It is said that it is working to suppress, not eradicate, the virus in Australia. But there is no doubt that after nearly a year of lamenting states for their stance on border closings, Morrison has decided that it is an election-winning strategy. Which doesn’t make it easier for the thousands of Australians still trying to get home or the 9,000 or so Australians stranded in India. Repatriation flights could start next week, but only about 10% of the people? those classified as vulnerable? will make it home in the first month, with only one flight per week allowed. People who tested positive for Covid before their flight are not allowed to board. It’s a lot and it’s heartbreaking and there’s a lot more to do so we’ll keep you posted.
You have Mike Bowers, Katharine Murphy, Paul Karp, Sarah Martin and Daniel Hurst with me today, Amy Remeikis, on the blog. I missed you! You can catch me here and here if you need me for anything, and we’ll try to keep comments open for as long as possible.
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