Federal government targets scam calls

Phone scammers are in the Federal Government crosshairs, under a crackdown targeting criminal organisations overseas. Government trials have begun to end fraudsters’ attempts to end the calls, that had been rising since the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) launched a review into the problem 18 months ago. The first trial has already been launched…

Karnup Station begins development amid Lakelands Station funding

Planning for Karnup Station has begun following changes to is construction timetable, as a result of federal government devoting funding to the Lakelands Station. Development of a full business case for the station and surrounding residential development is underway, with the timeframe for construction adjusted. The METRONET project was updated after the Federal Government revealed…

Hong Kong people in Australia call on federal government to maintain Hong Kong connection

Hong Kong people living in Australia have called for recognition of their concerns following recent riots and protests, as they acknowledged the impact to fellow people affected in the region. People from Hong Kong gathered in Canberra to acknowledge those involved in disputes while also calling on government to maintain Hong Kong’s relationship with Australia.…

Federal Labor calls for government small business support over increasing reverse factoring

The federal opposition has questioned the Morrison government’s support of small businesses, following concerns over a payment process that is harming businessesby receiving delayed payments. Labor has raised concerns about “reverse factoring” following reports of the process increasing on Thursday, and government promises over a register of payment times that had not materialised. The party…

Fremantle Prison Will Undergo Urgent Conservation Works

An urgent conservation works program for Fremantle Prison has been announced by the McGowan Government today, with an immediate cash injection of $3.5 million to the project. The funds were secured partially due to the redirection of the 2019-20 Heritage Grants program, which won’t be available during this financial year. The initial cells repair work…

Federal government sets up foreign interference taskforce for Australian universities

The Federal Government has stepped up the fight against foreign interference and boost cyber security at Australian universities with a new taskforce to protect the country’s national interest. Federal education minister Dan Tehan revealed the taskforce on Wednesday in Canberra, following heightened concerns about the higher education sector’s reliance on Chinese international students and research…

Large numbers of Newstart receipients lose payments as many not fulfilling obligations

The federal government has warned Australia’s job seekers claiming Centrelink’s Newstart Allowance to meet their obligations, as many are being penalised for not fulfilling requirements. Federal Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has released data showing a large number of people looking for work while on the payment have been suspended, for not meeting obligations including missing…

WA federal investment in boosts nation’s astronomical endeavour

WA will support Australia’s efforts to reach new astronomical heights, with the state and federal government combining in an investment into the nation’s space program. State science minister Dave Kelly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Federal Science Minister Karen Andrews, securing an investment in WA’s space capabilities. The $6 million investment will encourage…