Cash up as Science Minister Sinodinos temporarily sidelined

Science Minister Arthur Sinodinos has announced he will take leave from the Cabinet and Federal Parliament – citing the need to address an unspecified medical issue – with Senator Michaelia Cash set to assume acting portfolio responsibilities.

“I sought, and was granted, a period of leave by the Prime Minister to address a medical issue… I will return to full duties later this year as soon as practicable,” Minister Sinodios said in a statement.

“I ask for privacy for myself and my family at this time.”

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How much do you really know about today’s workplace?

As yet another bill is introduced into parliament to reduce the power of unions, Guardian Australia’s Van Badham has developed a quiz to test your knowledge on workers’ rights in Australia.

A report on wage suppression commissioned by the Transport Workers’ Union revealed this week that $100bn is going walkies from Australia’s superannuation balances.

According to the Centre for Future Work, a 40-year-old worker affected by wage suppression in the form of wage theft, penalty rate cuts or a cancelled enterprise agreement, is likely to lose between $30,000 to a whopping $270,000 from their superannuation balance by the time they retire.

The researchers’ verdict is that the situation is a “time bomb” underneath the economy. It’s not the only one.

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Job cuts set to rock CSIRO Minerals and Data research

The union representing workers at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has warned that Australia’s premier science agency appears braced for another round of significant job cuts, with news that dozens of scientists now are facing redundancy.

Describing the proposed job cuts as a response to market demand, CSIRO Executive has confirmed plans to sack 42 scientists from its Mineral Resources unit and cut an additional 15 jobs from the Sydney laboratory home to the organisation’s breakthrough Wi-Fi research.

“More than 1 in 5 CSIRO jobs have been lost since the 2013 election of the Coalition Government, an unparalleled tragedy in the history of Australian science and research,” CSIRO Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski said.

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