Tallying up: union gives verdict on Home Affairs decision

The main public sector union has given its verdict on the Fair Work Commission’s draft determination to cover Home Affairs employees, labelling it “far from perfect”, writes Sally Whyte.

According to the Community and Public Sector Union, pay rises beyond the 2 per cent annual cap in the government’s policy is a win, as is the retention of allowances for use of force by Australian Border Force officers, dog detector unit handing allowances and training officer allowances.

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New awards, new ambassador: Australian women in STEM look to 2019

The first accreditations in a program designed to improve gender equity and diversity in Australian research institutions have been announced, writes Sarah Keenihan. 

Nicolle Flint, the member for Boothby, presented 15 institutions – including CSIRO – with Athena SWAN Bronze awards from Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE).

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State of the Climate

State of the Climate 2018 is the latest biennial snapshot of climate change in Australia. It focuses on observed long-term trends that are happening now and are likely to continue into the near future, as well as significant climate events that have occurred over the past two years.

These changes are described through the latest observations from CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology marine, atmospheric and terrestrial monitoring programs.

The report also summarises the latest climate research from Australia and around the world. This will help inform a range of economic, environmental and social risk assessments and responses by government, industry and communities.

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