The Morrison Government’s refusal to change the JobKeeper program to include more casuals will leave workers in the arts, entertainment and creative industry behind and jeopardise the recovery of the sector after COVID-19, the Greens say. Greens Spokesperson for the Arts Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the Government was being wilfully ignorant to how the sector … Continue reading “Arts, entertainment and creative industry left behind without changes to JobKeeper”
There is no rule book showing how to lead a nation through a crisis like the current COVID-19 pandemic. Nothing we have experienced in our lives has presented such a profound challenge to our health, our economy and our way of life. Throughout the crisis, the Labor Party has taken a constructive approach and looked … Continue reading “CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE: LABOR BACKS THE RIGHT DECISION”
Charities that are registered with the national regulator will be eligible for the Morrison Government’s $130 billion JobKeeper Payment if they have suffered a 15 per cent decline in turnover as a result of the coronavirus. Legislation to be introduced into the Parliament this week will include a concessional test for ACNC registered charities given … Continue reading “Making it Easier for Charities to Access JobKeeper”
A suite of 21 fee-free TAFE NSW short courses are available online to assist anyone across the State who wants to upskill during the COVID-19 pandemic, following an announcement from the NSW Government today. Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the pandemic response has had a dramatic effect on communities and working … Continue reading “FREE TAFE COURSES TO SUPPORT NSW IN PANDEMIC”
Two more people have died from coronavirus in Western Australia.
More than 150 new jobs will be created and $55 million injected into regional NSW, as the NSW Government gives the go-ahead for construction of the Snowy Hydro Segment Factory – the next crucial stage of the Snowy 2.0 expansion. Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the approval of the Snowy Hydro … Continue reading “NEXT STAGE OF SNOWY 2.0 GETS GREEN LIGHT”
NSW seniors at risk of social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic will be the focus of $600,000 in funding to keep our older community connected. Acting Minister for Seniors Geoff Lee urged eligible organisations to apply for the grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. “While more seniors are staying at home to protect their health, … Continue reading “FUNDING TO COMBAT ISOLATION FOR SENIORS”
In line with advice from the Australian Government to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, my electorate office has ceased face-to-face interactions until restrictions are lifted. Rest assured, myself and my staff are not going anywhere. If you need help, we’re here for you. You can contact us on Sharon.Claydon.MP@aph.gov.au or you can call my … Continue reading “NEWCASTLE ELECTORATE OFFICE UPDATE”
The Ruby Princess will be berthing at the port of Port Kembla from today (Monday 6 April 2020) to allow for safer access for medical assessments, treatment, or emergency extractions of her crew. It is believed the vessel may remain in place for up to 10 days, but the crew will not disembark unless in … Continue reading “Statement regarding Ruby Princess berthing”
A crime scene has been established after a fire at a vacant Newcastle hotel overnight. About 5.30pm (Sunday 5 April 2020), emergency services were called to King Street, Newcastle, following reports of an explosion at an unoccupied licensed premises. They arrived to find the building well alight; crews from Fire and Rescue NSW took several … Continue reading “Building fire – Newcastle”
Global stock prices have jumped in markets around the world after some of the hardest-hit areas offered sparks of hope that the worst of the coronavirus outbreak may be on the horizon.
Seven years ago, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar quit medicine for politics. Now he is going back to work as a doctor as his country battles the novel coronavirus outbreak.