•   
  •   
  •   

World Australia to scrap harassment exemption for judges and politicians

09:50  08 april  2021
09:50  08 april  2021 Source:   reuters.com

American Idol: Paula Abdul refers to Simon Cowell as 'STD'

  American Idol: Paula Abdul refers to Simon Cowell as 'STD' The 58-year-old recording artist shocked a live audience by referring to Simon Cowell as 'STD' while filling in as a guest judge Monday on American Idol. The weird moment occurred when show host Ryan Seacrest, 46, got a FaceTime call from former Idol co-star Randy Jackson, 64, who wanted to say hello to him and Paula.The 58-year-old recording artist had agreed to fill in for judge Luke Bryan, 44, who announced earlier that day that he tested positive for COVID-19.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will remove exemptions for judges and politicians from sexual harassment laws, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, as his government struggles to contain a backlash over allegations of mistreatment of female lawmakers and staff. Under broad changes designed to empower complainants in workplace gender-related disputes, employers will be required to take a proactive approach to stopping gender discrimination, while complainants get a longer period of time to lodge their complaint, Morrison said. Early last year, a report by Australia 's

As debate rages about sexual harassment in the legal profession, a key outstanding question is reforming the way judges are appointed. Underscoring the response to these allegations has been the acknowledgement the legal system - created by and for men - has excluded women through its formal and informal structures. Read more: Dyson Heydon finding may spark a #MeToo moment for the legal profession. One important and long overdue change is boosting the diversity of the judges , who sit at the top of the profession. ‘Pale, stale and male’.

By Byron Kaye

a man wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits Tokyo © Reuters/ISSEI KATO FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits Tokyo

SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia will scrap exemptions for judges and politicians from sexual harassment laws, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, as his government struggles to contain a backlash over allegations of mistreatment of female lawmakers and staff.

Under broad changes aimed at empowering complainants in workplace gender-related disputes, employers will be required to take a proactive approach to stopping gender discrimination, while complainants get a longer period of time to lodge complaints, Morrison said.

Trump's judicial appointments worsened racial diversity in the federal courts

  Trump's judicial appointments worsened racial diversity in the federal courts Only 37 of Trump's 229 active appointments are people of color - the least racially-diverse group of federal judges nominated in nearly three decades.In just four years, Trump placed 234 judges with lifetime tenure to the federal courts, making up 28% of the current federal judiciary. An overwhelming number - 192 - of Trump's active appointments are white, while only 37 of them are people of color.

This list identifies occupations which fill critical skills needs that support Australia ’s economic recovery from COVID-19 based on expert advice from the National Skills Commission and consultation with Commonwealth departments. Employer sponsored nomination and visa applications with an occupation on the PMSOL will be given priority processing. All other skilled occupation lists will remain active, but the PMSOL occupations will take priority. The list is temporary and priority occupations may change as Australia recovers from the pandemic.

The greedy politicians were so worried the people would find out they even removed the death penalty for treason in the DEATH PENALTY ABOLITION ACT 1973. In 1986, the Australian ACT 1986 was brought into law with no Referendum it states “An Act to bring constitutional arrangements How can we conform to Australia in a geographical sense, that Australia is NOT the Australia under the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1901, The Commonwealth of Australia under the Constitution is NOT Sovereign and NOT Independent? The Australian Act 1986 breaches Section

Early last year, Australia's sex discrimination commissioner called for broad changes to workplace laws including removing exemptions for public sector employers and people who hire volunteers.

Morrison said on Thursday he would adopt all 55 of the commissioner's recommendations which include a blanket ban on workplace gender discrimination, mandatory training of company directors and reporting by listed companies, as well as improved coordination between complaint-handling agencies. [L4N2M10SB]

"Sexual harassment is unacceptable," Morrison told reporters in the capital, Canberra.

"It's not only immoral and despicable and even criminal ... it denies Australians, especially women, not just their personal security but their economic security by not being safe at work."

What Biden’s first list of judicial nominees tells us about his approach to the courts

  What Biden’s first list of judicial nominees tells us about his approach to the courts Biden named a diverse group of 11 lawyers to the federal bench on Tuesday, including several former public defenders.During his presidency, Donald Trump reshaped the judiciary, appointing a third of the Supreme Court and about as many federal appellate judges in four years as President Barack Obama appointed in eight. Biden’s first slate of nominees hardly even begins to turn back that tide, but it does offer a window into how he is likely to approach the courts during his presidency. The 11 nominees are racially diverse and predominantly female, and quite a few are lawyers with backgrounds as public defenders.

Lifeline (13 11 14) is a free and confidential service staffed by trained telephone counsellors. http://www.lifeline.org.au. The Australian Human Rights Commission (1300 656 419) has a complaint handling service that may investigate complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying. http://www.humanrights.gov.au/complaints_information/index.html.

Find out about workplace bullying and harassment , who is covered by the national anti-bullying laws, and how the Fair Work Commission can help. Everyone has the right not to be bullied or harassed at work.

Public servants like judges and politicians are currently exempt from complaints about workplace gender discrimination, as are some employers of volunteers, because of a legal loophole which means they are technically not the complainant's employer.

The government has been battling suspicion it has mishandled instances of sexual harassment and assault after a female former staffer of Morrison's government went public in February with an allegation that she was raped in a ministerial office in 2019.

In March, the then attorney general said he was the subject of an unrelated historical rape allegation in 1988, which he has strongly denied.

Morrison's handling of the issue of harassment has been widely criticised and polls show his personal approval at its lowest level since before the pandemic. A recent protest outside parliament about gender discrimination and violence drew tens of thousands of people.

Australia to buy extra 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccine

  Australia to buy extra 20 million doses of Pfizer vaccine CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia said Friday that it has finalized a deal to buy an extra 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine as it rapidly pivots away from its earlier plan to rely mainly on the AstraZeneca vaccine. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the deal just hours after saying Australia would stop using the AstraZeneca vaccine for people aged under 50. He said the deal means Australia will get a total of 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine by the end of the year, enough to inoculate 20 million people in the nation of 26 million.

Marking Australia Day is like celebrating the Holocaust, a Melbourne politician said as her council scrapped a holiday it deemed offensive to Aboriginal people, in a move the government on Thursday labelled "extreme and divisive". The council in the Melbourne suburb of Moreland became the third in Victoria state to decide not to recognise Australia Day. In debating the issue Wednesday, Moreland Socialist Alliance councillor Sue Bolton said commemorating Australia Day "would be like celebrating the Nazi Holocaust", state broadcaster ABC reported.

The government’s legislation to force the tech giants to negotiate with news media companies is being closely watched around the world.

Zali Steggall, an independent member of parliament who has advocated for reform of sexual harassment laws, said the changes were a win for people who attended the protest, and called on Morrison to introduce the legislative changes when parliament returned next month.

"Definitely, it is the prime minister and the government recognising that they have to move on this, they have to act," Steggall told Reuters by telephone.

"I don't want to see this as being just another announcement and a delay in legislating what needs to be done."

Until this year, most polls had suggested that Morrison's conservative coalition would be returned to office at the next general election, due within a year, after its tough COVID-19 response all but eradicated the virus in the country.

(Reporting by Byron KayeEditing by Michael Perry, Robert Birsel)

Australia Sets National Record for Virus Vaccinations in a Day .
Australia says it has given nearly 80,000 people a virus vaccination to set a new single-day high, boosted by strong stockpiles. © Getty Images PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07: Emergency workers prepare to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on March 07, 2021 in Perth, Australia. The opening of the COVID-19 vaccination clinic comes following the arrival of 21,000 doses of the Oxford/Astra Zeneca vaccine.

usr: 0
This is interesting!