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Australian politician tells inquiry Chinese visa scheme was a scam

SYDNEY (Reuters) – An Australian politician at the centre of a corruption probe told an inquiry on Wednesday that he had received envelopes full of thousands of dollars in cash at his parliament office as part of a scheme for Chinese nationals to fraudulently acquire visas.

Daryl Maguire, who quit the New South Wales (NSW) state parliament in 2018, agreed with the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption that the scheme, where Chinese nationals paid large sums for a business in NSW to pretend they were employed there, was a scam.

Maguire and his business associate, Maggie Wang, received up to A$20,000 ($14,000) for each business they recruited to the scheme. He agreed it was a breach of public trust.

Wang had told the inquiry on Tuesday that she had shared profits from the scheme with Maguire, and also admitted lying to investigators.

Maguire accepted another allegation heard by the inquiry

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Investors lead push for Australian business to cut emissions more than government forecasts

Major investors and super funds will lead a push for the private sector to make much deeper cuts in national greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 than planned by the Morrison government, including setting a target based on what scientists say is necessary.



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The newly created “climate league 2030” is calling on investors, insurers, banks and companies to sign up to a goal of reducing national emissions by at least 230m tonnes a year more than the government forecasts by 2030.

It is equivalent to about a 45% cut by 2030 compared with the 2005 benchmark used by the government – the minimum short-term target recommended by the government’s Climate Change Authority for Australia to play its part in keeping average global heating below 2C. They say action is needed now to put the country on a path to net zero emissions by

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Race discrimination commissioner warns Australian partner visa changes could ‘segregate’ marriages

Australia’s race discrimination commissioner has urged the federal government to consult with key community stakeholders on a new English language requirement for partner visas, warning it could serve to “segregate” migrant couples. 

Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan on Tuesday said the inclusion of the requirement in last week’s federal budget came as a surprise to those leaders in the multicultural sector. 

The peak body for migration agents in Australia, the Migration Institute of Australia, has also told SBS News it received no prior warning. 

Commissioner Tan said the requirement has led to “justifiable concern” among the community. 

“I support a government position that promotes and encourages all migrants to Australia to acquire English,” he said.

“But where there is a policy that enforces and sanctions the rights of partners under the Partners Visa to remain in Australia based on their English proficiency, then that requirement may be unfair and may

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How this Australian Furniture Business Thrived During COVID-19


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The outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year disrupted businesses across sectors. Six months later, many businesses have not only survived but some have even thrived. A case in point is video conferencing platform Zoom.

But what about the companies that weren’t fortunate enough to be in an essential industry? For these businesses, it all came down to strategy.

Australian furniture company Luxo Living is one such company. Like every other retail business, they were worried at the outbreak of the pandemic.

“I can remember that first weekend when the NSW premier told everyone to stay home. Our showroom was empty. It was eerie,” says CEO Winston Tu. “I knew we needed to do something if we were going to get through this.”

Luxo Living: From Strength to Strength

There were a few changes that Luxo

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SBS Language | Major Australian immigration update: English language test for partner visa and priority to onshore applicants

Taking a cautious approach, the Morrison Government has announced it will maintain the planned ceiling for the 2020-21 Migration Program at 160,000 places.

In a noticeable departure from the traditional migration composition, the government has placed greater emphasis on family stream visas, raising the planning level from 47,732 to 77,300 places on a ‘one-off basis’ for this program year.

“While overall the government has placed greater emphasis on the family stream, most of these are people already in Australia,” the Acting Minister for Immigration Alan Tudge said in a joint media release with Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton.


Highlights:

  • Migration Program 2020-21: Government retains planning levels at 160,000 places
  • Onshore applicants and partner visa applicants will be given priority
  • Government triples allocation for Global Talent Independent Program- fastest way to get permanent residency in Australia

Family stream:

Overall the government will sharpen the focus on the family stream, p

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The Australian Government’s $800m Digital Business Plan Will Let You Access myGov with Facial Recognition

An $800 million JobMaker Digital Business Plan has been released this week to support economic recovery in the wake of COVID-19. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the package is:

targeted at building on this digital transformation of Australian businesses to drive productivity and income growth and create jobs.

The plan includes a controversial Digital Identity system the government says will make it easier to engage “with government services, and in future, the private sector”.

The big question is how ready the government is to handle the responsibility associated with such a scheme — and how it fits with similar schemes already announced by other departments, such as the Australian Tax Office.

The breakdown

You can read the press release here but some of the measures include:

  • $256.6 million to develop a ‘digital identity system,’ for example, to enable access to government services with facial recognition
  • $419.9 million to the “modernising business
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Australian government’s digital business plan includes $5M for blockchain

The Australian government this week unveiled its $574 million Digital Business Plan that includes seven-figure grants for distributed ledger technology initiatives. 

Announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison ahead of next week’s Federal Government budget, the plan outlines $4.95 million in support for “two blockchain pilots directed at reducing business compliance costs.” Morrison said:

“The plan supports Australia’s economic recovery by removing out-dated regulatory barriers, boosting the capability of small businesses, and backs the uptake of technology across the economy.”

Piper Alderman partner Michael Bacina told Cointelegraph that these two projects are important “to help demonstrate and unlock the value of blockchain”:

“With blockchain adoption accelerating around the world, this funding is a very welcome boost to the Australian blockchain industry and our local expertise.”

As part of the plan, $480 million has been designated for various technological initiatives that could intersect distributed ledger technologies, including $183 million towards a new

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Australian PM Scott Morrison Announces Digital Business Plan To Drive Economic Recovery From Covid

Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced the almost 800 million Australian dollars scheme.

Canberra [Australia]:

The Australian Government has announced a digital business plan to enable businesses to take advantage of digital technologies to grow their businesses and create jobs in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced the almost 800 million Australian dollars (about 566 million U.S. dollar) scheme on Tuesday, saying it would facilitate doing more business online in a post-coronavirus world.

Under the plan the rollout of Australia’s 5G network will be accelerated, the digital capacity of the agriculture, manufacturing, mining, logistics and financial services will be boosted.

Australians will be able to start a new business in 15 minutes using online government services rather than waiting days or weeks, according to The Australian report.

“This year’s budget will support businesses to recover, build back, and create more

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Australian PM announces digital business plan to drive economic recovery from COVID-19 pandemic

Canberra [Australia], September 29 (ANI/Xinhua): The Australian Government has announced a digital business plan to enable businesses to take advantage of digital technologies to grow their businesses and create jobs in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced the almost 800 million Australian dollar (about 566 million U.S. dollar) scheme on Tuesday, saying it would facilitate doing more business online in a post-coronavirus world.
Under the plan the rollout of Australia’s 5G network will be accelerated, the digital capacity of the agriculture, manufacturing, mining, logistics and financial services will be boosted.
Australians will be able to start a new business in 15 minutes using online government services rather than waiting days or weeks, according to The Australian report.
“This year’s budget will support businesses to recover, build back and create more jobs as part of our economic recovery plan,” Morrison said in

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Australian government to pour AU$800m in digital business push

The Australian government has announced it will expand its digital identity system, touting that the move will allow more businesses to securely access government services online as part of its newly announced AU$800 million Digital Business Package.

The opt-in service allows users to verify their identity once before gaining access to over 70 government services, rather than having to continually be verified by each Commonwealth entity. It is currently being used by 1.6 million Australians and 1.16 million businesses.

“We need our businesses to be online, we need them to be digital businesses,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday.

“In recent months we have seen through COVID a rapid acceleration produced by necessity of businesses really engaging and upgrading their digital capability. What we’re announcing today, will build on that. It will strengthen it and it will accelerate it.”

The package also includes AU$28.5 million dedicated towards rolling out

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