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As a Country Road executive took part in a digital panel on ethical clothing for Melbourne Fashion Week on Wednesday, dozens of the company’s warehouse workers staged a protest outside a department store selling the company’s clothing. ‘business.

CRG has a stable of leading fashion brands including Country Road, Witchery, Mimco, Politix and Trenery.









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liberal senator Andrew Bragg Dodged questions of whether or not he became a “thug” by announcing a parliamentary inquiry into the CBA complaints process during an interview with the CBA.

Oz reported earlier this week that Bragg had been “slapped on the fingers” by the Prime Minister’s Office for going public with the investigation, and that figures in the “high-level coalition” were furious that Bragg at made a political problem.

ABC chair Ita Buttrose did not hesitate to respond to the investigation, saying it was “political interference” with the national broadcaster, as he announced an investigation into the complaints process before an investigation independent already ordered by the council does not render its conclusions.

Scott Morrison backed the investigation when asked about it earlier this week, saying no one was above the Senate review (which ignores all ministers who haven’t produced documents as ordered by the Senate, affirming “confidential cabinet”). Bragg, for his part, declined to respond if he had become “a thug” when he insisted on the Australian report by Patricia karvelas this afternoon.

When asked directly if he had become a thug, Bragg said: “Well, the Senate is required under the Constitution to perform a review function and the Senate exercises that function in relation to a range of government agencies at the moment through legislative committees This is a new investigation that I think can add a lot to that.

Asked again, Bragg deflected, saying:

“I’m not sure what you mean about the Senate turned rogue?” The Senate constantly reviews government agencies.

Asked a third time about the report in Australia, Bragg replied:

“I’m not going to go into private conversations. I don’t think you would expect me to do that. Of course, I consult colleagues. The role of the Senate under the Constitution is to exercise a review function. And I think you would generally be happy about that, given that he has been able to provide scrutiny of government departments, agencies, and does so on a regular basis, including through the Senate Estimates.

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Human rights activists have welcomed the inclusion of concerns about self-censorship in the new guidelines against foreign interference in universities.

The federal government today released a new version of the guidelines developed by the Academic Task Force on Foreign Interference – a body that includes government agencies and the higher education sector.

The new guidelines say that “attempts to inappropriately influence academic discussions or public statements made by members of the academic community can lead to self-censorship and conflict with the principle of academic freedom.”

The document says universities should have policies and procedures in place to manage the risk of foreign interference, including “harassment and intimidation that can lead to self-censorship.”

Human Rights Watch – which previously published a report on self-censorship on issues related to China – welcomed the new guidelines.

The group’s Australian researcher, Sophie mcneill, said in a statement:

“These new efforts to ensure that universities have policies in place to address state-sponsored harassment and bullying are long overdue and have the potential to make a real positive difference in the lives of students and academics.

“The task force’s recognition of the corrosive impact of self-censorship on Australian university campuses and the need to introduce new measures to counter this is a welcome development. We agree that new education programs highlighting the impact of bullying and harassment on academic freedom and freedom of expression must be put in place by universities and we ask that these be implemented as soon as possible. “









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Warm oceans, unusual currents and strange weather conditions have coincided with an epidemic that has forced the closure of farms in Coffin Bay in South Australia.

Health officials said they would now investigate whether climate change was a factor in the spread of Vibrio parahaemolyticus in oysters, which has been linked to 45 cases of gastroenteritis since September.

Undercooked shellfish and fish can carry Vibrio, which in turn can cause diarrhea, vomiting, cramps, fever, and headaches. Raw oysters are often the cause of Vibrio infection.



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