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Senate inquiry finds temporary migration leads to exploitation

With international borders closed, COVID-19 has exposed the dependency of our economy on temporary migration. Prior to the global pandemic, Australia was home to the second-largest temporary migrant workforce in the OECD. There was significant and growing evidence of exploitation and wage theft in sectors with high levels of temporary migrant workers. This exploitation was facilitated by the vulnerability of their temporary status, the lack of workplace protections and their inability to assert their workplace rights.

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Hawke’s ideal still rings true

Australia needs a renewed focus on initiatives that foster social inclusion. We must ensure existing services adequately serve our communities. Removing barriers to participation for culturally and linguistically diverse Australians is critical.

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Veterans are asking for a royal commission into suicide

Australia has lost more Defence Force personnel to suicide than we have lost on the front line. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has reported that the rate of suicide among male veterans is 21 per cent higher than it is for the general male population. For ex-serving women, the rate of suicide is twice as high as it is for the general female population.

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The Good Life: Permanency, settlement and migration in regional Australia

There lies great opportunity for Australia in broadening the scope of our policy settings and focussing on permanent migration, particularly as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. There would be enormous benefits for regional communities which, when scaffolded by renewed investment in infrastructure and services, could better rely on permanent migration for growth.

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Agriculture: the new national security frontier

Growing agriculture is an economically sound way to address several national security challenges, including food supply and security, international partnerships and strong and secure trade relationships.

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Support and respect for Victorian timber industry

Forestry workers should know that they can count on us to protect their livelihoods, show them respect and honour the dignity of their work.

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