Australia news live: ACTU says $50 jobseeker raise is ‘inadequate’; Facebook to restore Australian news pages

ACTU president Michele O’Neil says jobseeker changes not enough for people to ‘live with dignity’; social media giant reaches agreement with Australian government. Follow the latest updates liveBrittany Higgins’ partner abandons Canberra job due to fears of paybackHiggins’ rape allegation has launched five inquiries. Here’s the breakdownWhen will I get the Covid-19 vaccine in Australia?Follow our global coronavirus live blog 7.23am GMT Reset Australia, an initiative working to counter digital threats to democracy, has criticised the government’s 11th hour amendments to the media bargaining code that were announced today. The changes mean the government may not apply the code to Facebook if the company can demonstrate it has signed enough deals with media outlets to pay them for content. The government has also agreed that Facebook and other platforms which would be subject to the code would be given a month’s notice to comply.It is deeply concerning that a couple of powerful foreign corporations can create such a powerful bargaining position with the Australian Government by holding the distribution of Australian news and information to ransom.The point of the code was not just to force commercial agreements between the platforms and news publishers, but rather to force agreements that are made under the code. 7.14am GMT The Rationalist Society (a humanist group) has surfaced an interview Liberal MP Kevin Andrews gave to the conservative FamilyVoice Australia group suggesting the religious freedom legislation could be about to make a comeback.The attorney general Christian Porter produced a second draft of this bill in December 2019 and was preparing to introduce it to parliament in early 2020 before the coronavirus overtook all government business.My understanding is that the attorney now has a bill ready to present to the parliament. And my hope is that this bill will be presented shortly because there’s only most of the year in this parliament to go …It’s a compromise in some regards because there are people with various issues and concerns but I think overall It is. If enacted, it would be a huge step in terms of protecting freedom of religion in Australia compared with where we are at the present time.The government’s immediate priorities are protecting the health of all Australians and addressing the unprecedented economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.The government will revisit its legislative program as the situation develops, and bring the religious discrimination bill forward at an appropriate time. Continue reading…

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Australia news live: ACTU says $50 jobseeker raise is ‘inadequate’; Facebook to restore Australian news pages  
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