Australian government and G4S hit with multiple lawsuits from Manus Island staff

Exclusive: At least four cases filed alleging security guards and managers were not provided with a safe workplaceThe Australian government and the security giant it contracts to secure offshore detention centres, G4S, are facing a raft of lawsuits all…

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Nigerian man ran email scam from Villawood detention centre, police say

Multimillion-dollar scam allegedly coordinated with 16 mobiles and 17 sim cardsA Nigerian man ran a multimillion-dollar email scam out of Villawood immigration detention centre, using 16 mobile phones and 17 sim cards, police will allege in court.The 4…

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Is the fourth industrial revolution bad news for migrants and refugees?

While automation will have implications for the low-skilled jobs often filled by migrants, technology could offer additional, and better, opportunities

You don’t have to be a luddite to be worried about the effect technology is going to have on employment. When asked: ‘What do you think is the biggest threat to job security in Australia?’ in an Essential poll last month, 18% of those surveyed said it was the impact of technological change, while 31% said there was more to fear from free-trade deals that allow foreign workers into the labour market.

Combined, it means almost half of Australians fear technology or foreigners are a threat to their jobs. This leads to some fundamental questions about the impact the fourth industrial revolution is going to have on migration and refugees. If jobs now routinely done by migrants (such as cleaning, fast food and other low-skilled, low-paid work) are increasingly automated, does it mean countries take fewer migrants? Does it mean they will only want well-educated migrants? And does this have implications for how refugees are valued by the wider community?

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On corporate human rights, Australia’s actions speak louder than words

Despite backing the UN guiding principles on business and human rights, the government still hasn’t adopted a National Action Plan to implement change

Leading civil society and business groups have independently released key reports on Australia’s compliance with international corporate human rights standards this month.

Both the Australian Human Rights Commission and Global Compact Network Australia point to the importance of a National Action Plan (NAP) for implementing these standards in Australia and clarifying the human rights responsibilities of business. A meaningful response from the government is essential if we are to break the cycle of corporate scandals that continue to afflict Australia.

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On corporate human rights, Australia’s actions speak louder than words

Despite backing the UN guiding principles on business and human rights, the government still hasn’t adopted a National Action Plan to implement change

Leading civil society and business groups have independently released key reports on Australia’s compliance with international corporate human rights standards this month.

Both the Australian Human Rights Commission and Global Compact Network Australia point to the importance of a National Action Plan (NAP) for implementing these standards in Australia and clarifying the human rights responsibilities of business. A meaningful response from the government is essential if we are to break the cycle of corporate scandals that continue to afflict Australia.

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Shares in Nauru and Manus operator up 50% after $715m takeover bid

The Spanish infrastructure giant Ferrovial is trying for a second time to buy Broadspectrum, the company which runs the camps on Nauru and Manus

The Spanish conglomerate Ferrovial is making a second tilt at the Australian detention centre operator Broadspectrum with a cut-price $715m takeover bid.

Shares in Broadspectrum, the company formerly known as Transfield Services, soared almost 50% on Monday after Ferrovial unveiled its latest move for the operator of Australia’s offshore detention centres.

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