Australian politics reside: corruption watchdog invoice particulars due; Optus CEO says ‘we’re not the villains’ in information breach

Key occasions

The parliament enterprise will begin just a little later this morning, due to the celebration room conferences. So don’t count on any chamber information for a couple of hours.

Paul Karp

Authorities to introduce anti-sexual harassment at work laws

The minister for girls, Katy Gallagher, has introduced on Tuesday the federal government will introduce the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Laws Modification (Respect at Work) invoice to finish sexual harassment at work.

This invoice will implement seven legislative adjustments really helpful by the intercourse discrimination commissioner, Kate Jenkins, together with to:

  • Place a constructive obligation on employers to take affordable and proportionate measures to remove intercourse discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation, so far as potential.

  • Strengthen the Australian Human Rights Fee with new features to evaluate and implement compliance with this new requirement, together with the capability to offer compliance notices to employers who are usually not assembly their obligations.

  • Expressly prohibit conduct that leads to a hostile office surroundings on the idea of intercourse.

  • Guarantee commonwealth public sector organisations are additionally required to report back to the Office Gender Equality Company on its gender equality indicators.

In an announcement with the lawyer normal, Mark Dreyfus, and the office relations minister, Tony Burke, Gallagher mentioned:

Over the previous 5 years, one in three individuals skilled sexual harassment at work, with ladies experiencing increased charges of harassment than males.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, individuals with a incapacity and members of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood are additionally, on common, extra more likely to expertise office sexual harassment.

Everybody has the appropriate to a secure and respectful office and the truth that workplaces haven’t been secure or respectful for therefore many Australians is unacceptable.

Sexual harassment is certainly not inevitable and the passage of this invoice will transfer Australia ahead in our efforts to forestall office sexual harassment from occurring within the first place.

Greens reply to appointment of Kurt Fearnley to chair the NDIA

The Greens senator Jordon Steele-John has responded to the information Kurt Fearnley would be the new chair of the NDIA, the company which administers the NDIS. He informed the ABC:

I believe your complete incapacity neighborhood … are getting behind Kurt, to help him, to reach the function. And I believe that … there’s a sense of incapacity pleasure in the present day.

I believe relating to rebuilding belief, that could be a job for a mixture of the chair, the minister, and the brand new CEO. Now of these three, just one is a disabled particular person, the opposite two are usually not, and there was a missed alternative in not appointing a disabled particular person to the function of CEO, and [in] additionally retaining former Victorian Liberal premier Denis Napthine on the board, once we want extra disabled individuals, and disabled mother and father in these positions, on the board.

So there’s extra work to be achieved to make it possible for really we get the outcomes and the adjustments which are wanted. As a result of it’s once we get these adjustments, when the NDIS is simpler to entry, when individuals can reside with out concern of being kicked off or their plans lower, that’s whenever you’ll get the belief of the incapacity neighborhood, when these adjustments are made.

Searching internationally, Edward Snowden has reacted to his Russian citizenship.

After years of separation from our mother and father, my spouse and I’ve no want to be separated from our SONS.

After two years of ready and practically ten years of exile, just a little stability will make a distinction for my household. I pray for privateness for them—and for us all.

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 26, 2022

Snowden has been lately granted citizenship by decree of Vladimir Putin.

Former Australian leaders in Tokyo for funeral of Shinzo Abe

Anthony Albanese, Kevin Rudd, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull are in Japan for Shinzo Abe’s funeral. The previous prime ministers have been invited due to their shut working relationship with Abe.

Tory Shepherd

House probe to smash into asteroid at 9:15am AEST

Stepping out of politics for a second for collision watch:

At about 9.15 this morning, Australia will likely be watching as Nasa intentionally smashes a spacecraft into an asteroid. It’s a take a look at of our planetary defences in opposition to asteroids which may sooner or later be on a trajectory to crash into Earth.

The 570kg Double Asteroid Redirection Take a look at (Dart) spacecraft is at present hurtling in direction of the Dimorphos asteroid at about 6.44km a second. Dimorphos orbits a bigger asteroid, Didymos.

Csiro’s Canberra Deep House Communication Complicated is considered one of three world wide that comprise Nasa’s Deep House Community.

It’s going to obtain pictures and information because the affect happens.

You’ll be able to watch reside right here, and skim all about it right here:

The robodebt royal fee begins in Brisbane in the present day

As a result of it’s the first day, there will likely be no witnesses – there will likely be some ceremonial opening proceedings and statements from the commissioner, Catherine Holmes AC SC, and the senior counsel helping, Justin Greggery.

Optus CEO: ‘I’m unsure what penalties can profit anyone’

The Optus CEO, Kelly Bayer Rosmarin, has spoken to ABC Radio AM after Clare O’Neil’s interview with 7.30 yesterday the place she flagged greater penalties for firms who didn’t adequately defend buyer’s information.

I’m unsure what penalties can profit anyone. However I can say that Optus is doing completely all the pieces potential to be clear, to be on the entrance foot.

… given we’re not allowed to say a lot as a result of the police has requested us to not, what I can say is that our information was encrypted, and we had a number of gamers of safety. So it isn’t the case of getting some form of fully uncovered API sitting on the market. We make investments closely in our cyber defences and we actually are doing all the pieces we will to make sure that our surroundings is safe.

Bayer Rosmarin mentioned her focus was on discovering who took the info and retrieving it.

We’re working very carefully with the Australian authorities. The Australian centre for cyber safety and the Australian Federal Police and dealing carefully and nonetheless have the goal of determining who did this, discovering them, stopping them and retrieving the info.

Good morning

Amy Remeikis

Amy Remeikis

Welcome to Tuesday, the second final sitting day of the make-up week.

It’s going to be a busy one. There’s nonetheless the hold over from the Optus information breach – Clare O’Neil was fairly blunt in an interview with ABC’s 7.30 over what she believed wanted to occur. Optus has responded with “we’re not the villains” so there’s nonetheless a bit extra to play out right here. We’ll convey you extra of that fallout because it occurs.

And since it’s Tuesday, it’s celebration room assembly day, which suggests the integrity fee invoice goes to the Labor caucus. And from there to the parliament. Which implies we are going to be taught what’s in it and maybe extra importantly, what’s not.

To date we all know it consists of third events, has the potential for public hearings and they want it to look again. The crossbench are tentatively optimistic it is going to embody what they wished, given the “constructive” negotiations with Mark Dreyfus.

The factor that’s worrying individuals is that the Liberal celebration can be it and negotiating with the federal government on it. That’s regular – all payments ought to be thought-about and ought to be negotiated – and it’s as much as the federal government of the day to resolve whether or not or not they need these adjustments within the laws. However there’s a concern that the Liberal’s involvement may lead to a “watered-down” model of what individuals need.

Labor both wants the Coalition or the crossbench within the senate to cross the invoice. We’ll see what it appears like very quickly.

In the meantime, the crossbench haven’t given up on bringing ahead Labor’s childcare subsidy plan to January, or making prolonged paid parental depart occur (unlikely given the “bread and butter” line from the treasurer on this finances.

There’s lots extra occurring – and we’ll be throughout it for you so you are able to do issues like, I don’t know, dwelling your life. You’ve gotten Sarah Martin, Josh Butler and Paul Karp in Canberra and the entire Guardian brains belief points for you. (Mike Bowers is on one other venture for these asking – he’ll be again with us quickly). You’ve gotten Amy Remeikis on the weblog for many of the day. I’ve had two coffees to this point. It’ll be a protracted one.


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