Australian Government proposed cuts to migration

The Federal Government, namely Petter Dutton, is proposing immigration rate cuts, with cuts expected to be close to 30,000 migrants. A review of the current cap and program will also propose only those who can actively contribute to the economy to be accepted. It is expected the policy changes will be announced in December, whereby…

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Perth Man Sentenced to Death in Thailand For Drugs Smuggling

A Perth man and his wife have been sentenced to death on drugs smuggling charges. Father Luke Joshua Cook, 35, and his Thai wife Kanyarat Wechapitak, 40, were arrested in December at Bangkok International Airport when he returned on a flight from Australia, over a plot to smuggle an estimated $300 million of crystal meth…

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My Health System Opt-Out Period Extended to Strengthen Privacy Protections

The Federal Government has extended the opt-out period for the My Health Record system, following an amendment to improve privacy of the system. Health Minister Greg Hunt agreed to extend the period to January 31 2019 on Wednesday, after the Senate passed a crossbench amendment to the legislation to strengthen privacy protections for the online…

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WA Gets Fairer GST Share as Distribution Changes Pass Senate

The Federal Government’s changes to the GST carve-up have cleared parliament, with the new laws set to give Western Australia a fairer deal. The laws passed the Senate on Wednesday morning, supported by the entire coalition, Labor, Greens and One Nation. WA Labor Senator and acting Senate President Sue Lines declared the bill passed with…

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