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Hello, early bird. The Morrison government is expected to announce a permanent jobseeker rate hike today, and a former Liberal staff member has accused Simon Birmingham of mishandling his sexual assault allegations against a colleague. This is the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

The Morrison government is expected to announce a permanent increase in JobSeeker’s rate of $ 565 per fortnight today, with news.com.au reporting the increase to reach just under $ 50 per week, while Guardian Australia reports that the expenditure review committee lasts last. Friday agreed to an increase of only $ 50 per fortnight.

The potential rate, the two options for which are well below the current $ 150 coronavirus supplement and poverty definitions of $ 1,100 (by Henderson rate) or $ 816 (by ANU), would not include the push. previously launched to combine all additional grants. and supplements.

The new sum will, however, include new mutual obligation requirements, although anyone who is convinced that people will not seek work unless they are living in poverty will only have to compare the labor market flows from the pre-supplement. and post-coronavirus.

The news comes as the Greens and the Australian Unemployed Union campaign for a rate of $ 80 a day, as Labor pushes for an undisclosed increase.

PS: Incidentally, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that Scott Morrison has told his colleagues to prepare a “two-budget strategy” for economic recovery, suggesting that an early election is not an option.

We look forward to seeing you clear and early with your talking points and much needed information for the day ahead.

Former Liberal employee Chelsey Potter wrote an op-ed to InDaily accusing Federal Finance Minister Simon Birmingham of not meeting her before or after she went public with allegations of sexual assault by a colleague.

InDaily further explains that Birmingham, who was not made aware of the allegations while Potter worked in his office, confirmed that he declined to meet in 2019 and only sent messages referring her to the service of information on women and at 1800RESPECT – “Not even a suggestion of involving the police, which would later become the outcry from senior liberals a few weeks later”.

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Likewise, former New South Wales Liberal Party employee Dhanya Mani, who publicly aired indecent assault allegations against a colleague in 2019, said at 7:30 a.m. that she had contacted the Prime Minister’s office for help but had not received any.

The comments come after Four Corners revealed that a fourth woman had come forward to file a complaint against the former staff member who allegedly raped Brittany Higgins – specifically that the man allegedly stroked her thigh under the table in a Canberra bar – while Higgins criticized the Defense Minister. Linda Reynolds’ claim that she does not want to answer questions in the Senate because of the privacy concerns of her former staff member is “patently false.”

Finally, Guardian Australia notes that Scott Morrison’s office acknowledged that a second adviser to the Prime Minister was aware of the dismissal of the alleged Higgins rapist, because the current employee had previously worked under Reynolds.

PS Additionally, Higgins’ partner David Sharaz has resigned from his post at a media analysis firm in Canberra over repayment fears in his dealings with federal government clients.

Finally, in keeping with the Morrison government’s proud tradition of stacking public sector roles with former comrades, the AFR ($) reports that former Liberal Minister Bruce Billson will replace Kate Carnell as Small Business Ombudsman.

This comes despite the fact that Billson received rare bipartisan censorship from Parliament in 2018 after a report from the Privileges Committee criticized his failure to list his $ 75,000 external salary for the Franchise Council of Australia before leaving Parliament.

I think back to the Copenhagen climate change summit in 2009, when the enthusiasm of the UK and Europe for a deal failed to overcome both the reluctance of the US to make legal commitments and the deep suspicion of China, India and emerging economies of any obligations that they believe could threaten their development.

They were so determined to avoid binding commitments that they rejected Europe’s offer to unilaterally commit to reducing its emissions by 50%.

The divisions were so bitter that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who bravely stood out with an ambitious deal, had to be physically prevented from hitting the Chinese negotiator.

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Despite the former British Prime Minister’s claim in a review of Bill Gates’ latest book, Rudd has denied claims that extremely direct action is an ‘urban myth’.

“This is a measure of Scott Morrison’s concern over the fallout from his government’s mistreatment of Brittany Higgins that within five days – after his disastrous ‘I checked with Jen’ response – the prime minister did not announce one or two. , not three, but four requests and opinions.

“Male commentators once again grabbed the headlines for shrewd ideas on parliamentary rape: ‘Go to the police’; “Think of your daughters”; “Another sex scandal”.

“This is the epitome of male privilege: old dudes believe they have the right experience, the right understanding and the right context to weigh in on an issue that has never affected them and get it so horribly, horribly wrong.” “

“The fact that Brittany Higgins was allegedly raped in the Australian Parliament should not be relevant: sexual assault is heinous no matter where it occurs.

“Many of us who work there know the state of mind that guided those around him both when this happened and last week when they responded: it’s a political issue. ; it needs to be managed. “

There is a greater sense of male rights in the Australian parliament than in any workplace I’ve seen – Clare O’Neil (Guardian Australia): “Like many women who work in parliament, rape Brittany Higgins’ alleged shock absolutely rocked me. Since last Monday I have found myself in various states of rage and disbelief, choking at times in anger at how a system might treat a suspected rape victim with such brutal inhumanity.

Prime Minister Dan Andrews finally rolls the dice on Crown ($) – Damon Johnstone (The Australian): “It was the day before the Melbourne Cup 2014, and Lloyd Williams put his hand on Dan Andrews shoulder while whispering : ‘You should probably know that I’m on the executive of the Packer estate, and James is going to achieve whatever goals he can for you. The then opposition leader had wanted to ride the wave of euphoria around the race that is stopping the nation and garner a few votes along the way, so just three weeks away from the state election , he jumped in to get a warm welcome from Williams, the Cup legend.

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I was the Australian doctor for the WHO COVID-19 mission in China. Here’s what we found out about the origins of the coronavirus – Dominic Dwyer (The Conversation): “As part of the mission, we met the man who on December 8, 2019 was the first confirmed case of COVID-19; he has since recovered. We met the husband of a doctor who died of COVID-19 and left behind a young child. We met the doctors who worked in hospitals in Wuhan treating these first cases of COVID-19 and learned what had happened to them and their colleagues. We have witnessed the impact of COVID-19 on many people and communities, affected so early in the pandemic, when we did not know much about the virus, how it is spread, how to deal with COVID-19 or its impacts. ”

Tony Mahar, CEO of the National Farmers’ Federation, Jennifer Westacott, CEO of the Business Council of Australia, and Peter Strong, CEO of the Small Business Council of Australia, will present “Regionalization – the time is right” at the National Press Club.

State government departments secretaries will participate in the Victoria Parliament Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearings on the financial performance and results of the 2019/20 State Budget.

They weren’t bluffing. Facebook flipped the switch and Australia woke up to a news feed with no news.

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Chris is a political, immigration and science journalist, currently writing for Crikey, The Mandarin and our morning newsletter, the Crikey Worm.

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