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Labor targets Turnbull over penalty rates as Shorten defends union record – as it happened | Australia news | The Guardian.

theguardian.com Labor targets Turnbull over penalty rates as Shorten defends union record – as it happened | Australia news Paul Karp 15h ago 08:04 And on that note, we will finish up, so we are nice and fresh to see how all those party room meetings turn out tomorrow. Because no matter what happens, someone won’t be happy. You can’t please all the people all the time. And you definitely can’t please Tony Abbott all the time, which is why industry is trotting out tomorrow, to talk about why the Neg is worth it. So stay turned for that. Thank you to the Guardian’s brain trust for prodding me through another day, and to Mike Bowers for bodily carrying my carcass through the day, despite having hurled his body down mountains yesterday. (Minus-something temperatures are at least good for skiing). And of course to you, for reading, tweeting and messaging – I am getting back to each of you, but it might take some time. We’ll back early tomo

National disability insurance scheme complaints reach record level- Tue 29 May 2018 02.30 BST Last modified on Tue 29 May 2018 02.32 BST: Australia news | The Guardian.

theguardian.com National disability insurance scheme complaints reach record level | Australia news   Tue 29 May 2018 02.30 BST Last modified on Tue 29 May 2018 02.32 BST  Christopher Knaus Delays with the national disability insurance scheme are continuing to drive record numbers of complaints about the reform, new figures show. The latest report on the NDIS, released on Tuesday , shows 4,146 complaints were made to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in the three months to the end of March. Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon It is the highest number of complaints received in a single quarter, well above the 3,880 complaints received last quarter when numbers were artificially inflated by the manual entry of earlier data. The number of complaints in the two quarters prior was 2,961 and 1,669 respectively. By far the most common frustration was with timeliness. Del

Coalition signals competition law changes to deal with energy market concentration | Australia news | The Guardian

theguardian.com Coalition signals competition law changes to deal with energy market concentration | Australia news Katharine Murphy The Turnbull government is signalling changes to the competition law to deal with market concentration in the energy sector. The move comes as the energy market operator reports that the national energy grid maintained high levels of reliability over the summer, despite a number of heatwaves, and there were no supply interruptions due to insufficient generation. After a discussion in the Coalition party room on Tuesday where a backbencher advocated a change in the competition law to stop companies providing essential services from acting uncompetitively, the energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, said he was “worried” about the current level of concentration of ownership in the energy market “and what that means for consumers”.

LNP's Michelle Landry to face party review after criticising Jane Prentice dumping - May 21, 2018 - | Australia news | The Guardian.

theguardian.com LNP's Michelle Landry to face party review after criticising Jane Prentice dumping | Australia news Amy Remeikis A Queensland MP who spoke out against the dumping of Jane Prentice has been summoned to appear before the LNP’s candidate review committee in a move described by supporters as “politically stupid payback”. Michelle Landry is one of a group of MPs, including Trevor Evans, Warren Entsch and reportedly, George Christensen, who have been called before the review committee. All four have contradicted party lines, three on social issues, and one against the leadership. Landry, who has represented Capricornia since 2013, openly criticised the decision to dump Prentice , one of the only women in the Turnbull ministry, and replace her with a male candidate in the safe-Liberal seat of Ryan. • Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Landry told the ABC she was “

Tax cuts to help women on lower incomes but 'taper effect' will trim gains - May 19, 2018 | Australia news | The Guardian

theguardian.com Tax cuts to help women on lower incomes but 'taper effect' will trim gains | Australia news Katharine Murphy The Turnbull government’s tax cuts for low and middle income earners will benefit women, who on average earn less than men, but the proposed tax offset increases the effective marginal tax rate, which is a disincentive for people to find work, according to a new analysis. A study of the major budget initiatives by the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW), to be released on Sunday before the resumption of parliament, says the tax offsets proposed for 2018 would help a large number of low to middle income Australians. However, “the tax offset increases the effective marginal tax rate by 1.5% for taxpayers within the taper zone, which increases work disincentives for women and other low income taxpayers”. The median taxable income in 2015-16 for women was $48,690 compared with $63,430 for men. • Sign up to re

Australian millennials' faith in politics and big business collapsing, poll finds - May 15, 2018 | Australia news | The Guardian.

theguardian.com Australian millennials' faith in politics and big business collapsing, poll finds | Australia news Naaman Zhou Australian millennials increasingly think big businesses and politicians do more harm than good, a new survey has found. The annual Deloitte survey of Generation Y, roughly defined as those born between 1983 and 1994, found they were increasingly sceptical of politics but surprisingly more personally optimistic than last year. Of the 337 Australian millennials surveyed, only 45% believed business had a positive impact on society, down from 72% last year. Almost half – 44% – believed businesses behaved ethically, down from 54%. Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning The scorecard for politicians was even worse – 63% of Australian millennials believed politicians have a negative impact on society. Only 23% said they had a positive impact. But compared to last year,