Archived News for Human Resource Professionals - April, 2014
Amnesty International has slammed the secrecy surrounding Australia’s offshore asylum seeker facility on the island of Nauru.
Female councillors over-criticised and under-utilised
With women woefully underrepresented in local government nationwide, several councillors have begun to speak out about what it means to be often the only female in regional chambers.
Newman's new move prompts bipartisan concern
The Queensland Premier’s incursions into the state’s legal system have caused some strong concern this week, as he moves to modify the Crime and Misconduct Commission.
Call for federal change to cut dark toll
The South Australian Government is calling for change in the way penalties are paid after workplace injury and death.
Great minds turn inside to seek out negativity
CSIRO has set up an internal unit to tackle accusations of bullying and workplace harassment.
Survey finds high rate of feeling low at work
A recent survey has shown that a third of people struggle to cope at work because of depression or stress.
Banks' behaviour decried in foreign farm report
A new report by an international aid group says Australian banks have been backing companies overseas that engage in illegal and immoral behaviour.
Charcoal fire could rush factory's last days
A dangerous gas fire may signal that time is up for one charcoal producer.
Rio runs first tests for robo-rail in WA
Rio Tinto is about to start running its driverless train in the Pilbara.
Island nations' energy mix fixed by helpful neighbours
New Zealand is helping out its Pacific neighbours by supporting the construction of the region’s largest solar panel array.
Bosses in best position are least likely to fight climate change
Close to half of all senior executives worldwide understand that the negative effects of climate change need to be tackled.
Inkling of cuts and increases ahead of actual word
The Federal Treasurer says further increases to the pension age are inevitable, and that people should “work as long as they can”.
UN brings questions and perspective on boat policy
The United Nations refugee agency says it continues to get no response from the Australian government for its questions over the asylum seeker ‘turn back’ policy.
Household top bill honours trickle to SA
Adelaide’s water bills are officially “the highest of all comparable Australian water utilities”, and a new report blames the SA government.
Project to probe people risk in oil and gas fields
International authorities are coming together to develop solutions to the risks in one of the world’s most dangerous workplaces.
Shorten's push for reform to bring more into non-union fold
The Australian Labor Party is set to take on a new form with less union involvement and backroom dealings, if leader Bill Shorten has his way.
Ai says insurance insistence hurts workers
A key employers’ lobby group has accused various unions of receiving big payoffs by selling expensive yet inferior income protection insurance.
Cuts could come from closer look at young pensions
As the government’s ‘razor gang’ sought out more budget cuts over the weekend, Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews said tightening up checks on claims for the Disability Support Pension (DSP) would be a good start.
Hawking warns preparation is low, as we prepare to outdo ourselves
It is all but inevitable that humans will create an Artificial Intelligence capable of outdoing to the human brain, and Stephen Hawking says we should be better prepared.
City considers begging ban to help homeless
The City of Perth is looking at bringing back laws to make begging a crime, as numbers on the street increase.
New head takes charge of depression NFP
One of Australia’s lead charities in the fight against depression has a new CEO.