Archived News for Human Resource Professionals - November, 2014
A lobby representing Australia’s medical research sector says it wants to see the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) kept alive.
Easier donations to pad major parties
The ACT Government wants to remove the cap on donations to political parties, just weeks after dodgy developer donations were revealed.
Ebola deaths hit 7000 as researchers ramp up
The World Health Organisation’s latest figures show more than 16,000 people have been infected with the Ebola virus in West Africa, and almost 7000 have died.
BHP's big squeeze to see better numbers
BHP Billiton is putting pressure on its suppliers to take cuts of up to 25 per cent so the major miner can save some money, and analysts say others will follow.
Committee claims anti-corruption should stay strong
The parliamentary committee reviewing Tasmania's anti-corruption watchdog says its investigative powers should not be stripped.
Kernel of concern over ACORN portal
Australia residents who spot cybercrimes in progress now have an avenue to report it.
PBO finds budget figures trumped, risk of falling short
The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) has warned that the Federal Government will need to practice some serious spending discipline to avoid bad budget figures and economic shock.
Safety could be swapped for salaries in prison
ACT public servants say they do not want to make a deal that puts their safety at risk, but do want progress on talks preventing them from receiving back-pay.
Watchdog wants lobbyists to leave their names
Queensland’s new Integrity Commissioner says in-house lobbyists should have to declare their contact with government ministers.
Gender stats show sorry state, slow to change
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s latest report shows women are under-represented in management positions, and underpaid as well.
Simple sex bill could reveal lack of Federal will
The Federal Parliament will debate marriage equality once more, with Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm bringing a private members bill to legalise same-sex marriage today.
Action taken on 'cartel' unions
The consumer watchdog is taking the CFMEU to court over claims the union engaged in boycott conduct directed at concrete company Boral.
Fuel ship sit-down continues
The crew of a Victorian petrol ship is refusing to make a voyage they say will end with their sacking.
Logistics job supply gets on the move
A new report on transport and logistics jobs has made a few big findings for the last few months.
Sour milk settlement could see $25m for victims
The Supreme Court could be close to ruling on Australia’s biggest ever food safety payout.
Households help Medibank see big first day
Mum and dad investors have leapt onboard for the public float of Medibank Private, lining the Government up for a $5.7 billion sale.
Phone claims empower ACCC against EnergyAustralia
The consumer watchdog is taking EnergyAustralia to court for its phone selling practices.
Shifting shifts may not help tired Ambos
Changes aimed at giving paramedics a much-needed rest could end up doing the opposite, Tasmanian authorities say.
Future Fund quizzed on tax and gas
A fiery Senate estimates hearing in Canberra has seen former treasurer Peter Costello forced to defend the Future Fund's investment decisions.
Paper probes local banks' role in China's new scene
A new report shows the central role that Australian financial services could play in the country’s booming relationship with China.
Bigger role sought for better Indigenous returns
Aboriginal leaders in the Northern Territory want more say in the running of schemes to help their communities, as a new report shows gaps between Indigenous people and other Australians continue to increase.