Daily News - Thursday 7 November 2013
John Ferguson, The Australian
SKILLED migrants who are immediately taught and mentored on how to negotiate the Australian job market and workplace culture face dramatically higher chances of being employed in their chosen field.
Tom Allard, The Age
The Coalition has blown a $3 billion hole in the budget after announcing it would abandon or amend tax initiatives that would have cracked down on wealthy superannuants, multinationals and those who claim large ''self-education'' expenses.
The Opposition has labelled the Government's decision to end the super co-contribution for low-income earners while scrapping a 15 per cent tax on super earnings over $100,000 as deeply unfair.
Paige Taylor, The Australian
MORE than 230 asylum-seeker children detained indefinitely on Christmas Island will not go to school on the Australian territory, but will have lessons at or near their compounds using contractors with qualifications in teaching English to foreigners.
Tanya Chilcott, The Courier Mail
SCHOOL chaplains are told they have to connect students with churches - given parental or caregiver permission - despite a ban on them evangelising or trying to convert children in state schools.
Andrew Hamilton, Eureka Street
Whenever public funds are made available for frowned upon projects they are described as taxpayers' money. The phrase rightly suggests that public funds are collected for the good of society, and so should not be spent wastefully or arbitrarily.
Jane-Frances Kelly and Paul Donegan, The Age
Planning Minister Matthew Guy announced new rules in March giving power to local councils to plan how and where new housing is built in their area. So far so good. Everyone agrees that while new housing is needed as Melbourne continues to grow, development must respond to the character of local communities.