Treasury warns icare fund for police and nurses needs $4b bailout

‘It’s a mystery’ The May 2020 Treasury briefing note said bushfire costs of about $800 million and other blowouts, including adverse workers’ compensation trends of $500 million, had set the fund back $1.4 billion. But Peter McCarthy, a retired actuary and senior partner at EY who spent 35 years advising governments and regulators on workers’ …

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Four reasons the UK government’s obesity strategy may not work for everyone

COVID-19 has affected a disproportionate number of people with obesity in the UK. As such, the government has seen the pandemic as a “wake-up call” to the health risks of living with obesity. They have recently announced a long overdue strategy to tackle obesity in Britain. Some of the proposals aimed at significantly reducing obesity …

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COVID-19 exposure notification app now available

OTTAWA — The federal government-backed exposure notification smartphone app has launched, marking the beginning of a new frontier in the coronavirus fight: alerting participating Canadians when they come in proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The app—called COVID Alert— will compile anonymized data and use reports from confirmed positive COVID-19 cases to …

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Anger as Melbourne councils refuse to freeze rates despite surpluses

Of Melbourne’s 31 metropolitan councils, at least 17 are increasing rates despite recording a surplus. Yarra Council’s draft budget, to be finalised next week, projects a $3.94 million deficit with $30.54 million earmarked for capital works – almost $7 million below last year’s expenditure. Yarra councillor Stephen Jolly said the council should not be dumping …

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Video: Who controls pandemic data?

Editor’s note: When the Trump administration ordered hospitals to report COVID-19 data to the Department of Health and Human Services rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as they had been doing, it provoked worries and criticism from public health experts. The White House said that the HHS system will provide more accurate …

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PM Trudeau: Morneau ‘should not have accepted’ gifts from WE Charity

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Finance Minister Bill Morneau should “not have accepted” the gifted portions of his family’s trips with WE Charity. Trudeau, speaking at a press conference in Ottawa on Friday, was referring to the fact that WE Charity paid in part for two trips that members of Morneau’s family took …

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Instead of the blame game, we all need to pull together

We can look for the negatives and play the blame game to vent our frustrations as this virus spreads, or we can offer support and understanding to our leaders and health professionals who are working tirelessly to contain this virus. The Age should lead by example. We are all in this together and should pull …

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South Africa needs better food price controls to shield poor people from COVID-19 fallout

COVID-19 has wrought havoc on poor households in countries across the world. In South Africa, more and more people are facing hunger resulting from mass job losses and small, poorly implemented supplementary cash grants. On top of this the pandemic has put in stark relief the country’s poorly understood food system, in which powerful firms …

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CERB recipients will be transferred to EI program soon: PM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the millions of people who are still claiming the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will soon be transitioned onto the federal Employment Insurance program. Trudeau said that more details will be coming before the end of August, but said that “no one will be left behind.” …

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A brother’s confession: Peter McEvoy and the Walsh Street murders

When police are killed it is usually by an offender desperate to escape arrest. This was entirely different. A stolen car was left in the middle of the street to lure police to the ambush. It was cold-blooded and loosely planned for months, although the final decision to act was made just hours earlier. The …

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