Squiz Today / 28 November 2022

Squiz Today – Monday, 28 November

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“Those people that are wearing clothes, get out of the frame.”

Said artist Spencer Tunick as he directed the 2,500 naked participants of his latest Australian work raising awareness for skin cancer, legally making Bondi a (temporary) nude beach for the first time ever. An unimpressed fisherman who was moved along just had to grin and bare it…

Labor seals the deal on its IR bill

The federal industrial relations bill – aka the ‘Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill’ – is set to pass parliament this week after the government secured crossbench support on the weekend. To recap: the bill is about new workplace laws allowing for multi-employer bargaining, aimed mainly at increasing wages… That means employees from different workplaces in the same industry can negotiate together to reach multi-enterprise agreements and secure better pay. It’s a centrepiece of PM Anthony Albanese’s Labor Government and something he’s been pushing to get finalised by the end of the parliamentary year, which will be extended to Saturday to ensure the bill passes in time. Albanese says the deal is a ‘‘huge day for working people’’.

Independent Senator David Pocock spent hours with Workplace Relations Minister Tony Burke on Saturday night hashing out the details. Three key changes have been made. First, the government will create an independent body to review social support payments like Jobseeker before each federal budget. Small businesses with under 20 staff will be excluded from the most controversial aspect – single-interest multi-enterprise bargaining. And companies with fewer than 50 staff will have safeguards to opt out of multi-employer bargaining. The changes are designed to protect small businesses from being forced into unsuitable agreements. Pocock says the updated bill will ensure the most vulnerable “are no longer left behind”. The Greens will also support the bill after agreeing a deal with Burke to safeguard the better-off-overall test, aka the BOOT, to protect workers, and an enforceable right for parents to request unpaid parental leave. 

Not quite… The Coalition and some business groups don’t believe the laws will lift stagnant wages and will instead cause headaches for businesses already dealing with “deteriorating conditions”. Some major employer groups also expressed concerns the changes will create lengthy, complex negotiations and increase the likelihood of industrial action. Shadow Employment Minister Michaelia Cash says it will have a “detrimental impact” on the economy as it takes away the rights of employers and employees to negotiate between themselves. But Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus welcomed the bill, saying it will particularly help women in sectors like aged care by improving their pay and conditions, and reduce the number of “insecure jobs that we have in this country”.


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Election triumph for Daniel Andrews

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has won a 3rd term after Saturday’s state election. He will become Labor’s longest-serving Victorian premier, having already served 8 years. The final votes are still being counted, but Labor has a comfortable majority, securing at least 52 seats, well above the 45 it needed. With 7 seats still in doubt, the Liberal-National Coalition is in second place with 25 seats, while the Greens have secured 4 so far. Andrews says the result confirms Victoria’s reputation as “the most progressive state” in Australia. Coalition leader Matthew Guy says he will stand down as Opposition leader after leading his party to defeat for the 2nd time but will stay on until a new leadership team is elected. Andrews has vowed to work hard for all Victorians, including those who didn’t vote for Labor, saying, “We will govern for you. We will govern for your kids, for your health, for your education, your future.” #SquizShortcuts


Anti COVID-zero protests spread across China

Protests have erupted across China with demonstrators chanting, “Xi Jinping, step down” and “Communist party, step down” in a rare show of public defiance. Tensions started boiling over last week after a deadly apartment building fire left 10 people dead and at least 9 injured in the western Xinjiang region. Many blamed the country’s stringent COVID restrictions, which have been in place for nearly 3 years, saying it delayed firefighters from reaching victims and stopped people from escaping. Local officials have denied the allegations. In Shanghai yesterday, there were reports police officers beat protestors and used pepper spray to squash demonstrations. Despite increasing opposition to Beijing’s tough stance on COVID and its increasing threats to overseas territories, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party. It comes after her strategy to frame local elections as showing defiance against China failed to win public support over the weekend. 

World News

Ukrainians forced to flee Kherson

Less than 2 weeks since Ukrainians celebrated the withdrawal of Russian troops from the southern city of Kherson, thousands of locals are fleeing after days of relentless shelling by Russia. A line of vehicles stretched for up to 1km out of Kherson city, where dozens of civilians have died as a result of Russian attacks this month alone. The start of the exodus coincided with commemorations on Saturday of 90 years since a Soviet-era famine, known as “Holodomor”, that killed millions of Ukrainians in the winter of 1932-33. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky says, “Once they wanted to destroy us with hunger, now – with darkness and cold” – a reference to ongoing Russian air strikes targeting Ukraine’s power and water infrastructure. Millions of people are struggling with little to no access to vital resources, particularly in Kyiv, as winter snow begins to fall and day and night temperatures drop below freezing

World News

Demons triumph at AFLW grand final

Melburnians are celebrating after the Demons won their first-ever AFLW premiership, defeating the Brisbane Lions 2.7 (19) to 2.3 (15) in yesterday’s Grand Final. Over 7,400 people watched from the stands as the Demons trailed for most of the first half before a rousing comeback saw them overtake and hold off their opponents, bringing redemption after last season’s grand final loss to Adelaide. Demons captain Daisy Pearce who is yet to reveal whether she will play again in 2023, was ecstatic as she talked about her teammates, saying, “Every single one of them had a moment today; I’m just so proud.” Also having a great time was singer Delta Goodrem, whose pre-match show was a huge hit. And despite the loss, it wasn’t all bad news for the Lions… Shannon Campbell was named Best on Ground after being credited with preventing Melbourne from scoring an even bigger win.


Camilla’s new companions buck tradition

There’s been a lot of debate about how accurate the latest series of The Crown is, but one thing that does seem correct is the desire of the now-King Charles and his wife to modernise the monarchy. Queen Consort Camilla has announced she’s shunning centuries of tradition by not having any ladies-in-waiting. Instead, she’ll be accompanied by 6 “Queen’s companions” whose honorary roles will be focused less on administration and correspondence and more on public events and campaigning. The symbolic change brings to an end a position that dates back to the middle ages when aristocratic close personal helpers of a Queen had a fundamental role in the Royal court. The new companions will get their first taste of the spotlight next week when Camilla hosts a reception for campaigners against domestic violence, so they won’t be waiting long to get stuck into their new jobs.

World News

Apropos of Nothing

Mango lovers rejoice: growers say new varieties of the stone fruit, with different colours and flavours, are heading to supermarkets. One of those strutting its stuff will be the Mahachanok, also known as the “Miss Universe of mangoes”…

An expecting mum who stopped in at an Atlanta Macca’s unexpectedly had to give birth with the help of her fiancé and staff at the fast food chain when her waters broke. The healthy baby girl’s been given the nickname ‘Little Nugget’. Now that’s food for thought…

The World Cup soundtrack is often tied to big-name musicians but not this year… Instead, the incessant chants of street marshals directing fans to transport have caught on, with one saying, “even when I sleep at night, I hear ‘metro, metro, metro’ ringing in my head”. The marshals have got a real kick out of their new-found popularity…

Quirky News

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12.30pm (AEDT) – UK Minister of State (Indo-Pacific) Anne-Marie Trevelyan addresses the National Press Club – Canberra

Independence Day in Albania, Panama and Mauritania

AFL Draft day 1

ABS Data Release – Retail Trade, October

Cyber Monday

Anniversary of:
• women voting in a national election for the first time, in New Zealand’s general election (1893)
• Margaret Thatcher stepping down as PM of the UK (1990)
• the deaths of author Enid Blyton (1968) and artist Sidney Nolan (1992)

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