Aged care providers avoiding tax while taking handouts

Kaye Broadbent The largest six private aged care providers – BUPA, Opal, Regis, Estia, Japara and Allity – are using trusts and offshore tax havens to obscure profits and avoid paying tax, according to a recent report commissioned by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation. Allity has paid no tax...CONTINUE READING

Profit put before people in aged care

Kaye Broadbent Aged care facilities in Queensland are dumping sick elderly residents into hospitals as a way of cutting their own labour costs – putting even more pressure on staff working in hospital emergency departments. Cuts to staff mean that staff-patient ratios in some aged care facilities are at...CONTINUE READING

Australia’s hunger games

Kaye Broadbent More than 3.5 million Australians, 15 percent of the population, experienced food insecurity in 2017, according to Foodbank, Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation. Food insecurity, as defined by Foodbank and the United Nations, is “a situation that exists when people lack secure a...CONTINUE READING

Brisbane bus drivers still fighting for safety

Kaye Broadbent It has been 10 months since Brisbane bus driver Manmeet Alisher was murdered at work. It’s been nearly that long since the start of enterprise agreement negotiations between bus drivers and Brisbane City Council. Predictably, the main issue for drivers is safety, but they are also demandin...CONTINUE READING

Dutton moves to starve out refugees

Kaye Broadbent Australia’s minister for immigration and border protection, Peter Dutton, continues to ramp up the inhumane treatment of refugees housed in offshore concentration camps. As if the constant reports of abuse, self-harm and deaths are not evidence enough that the system is cruel, refugees on...CONTINUE READING

Why North Korea has every right to hate the US

Kaye Broadbent North Korea, for the first time, has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a long-range rocket with nuclear capabilities. This is a major development in the country’s weapons program, which includes short-range missiles capable of hitting South Korea and Japan....CONTINUE READING

Glencore locks out coal miners

Kaye Broadbent Glencore has locked workers out of its Oaky North underground coal mine. The 9 June lockout is a response to CFMEU members' efforts to protect their working conditions. Workers have established a 24 hour protest in front of the mine site. The Oaky North mine produces hard coking coal for e...CONTINUE READING

Black lung crisis: ‘Complete and total breakdown of the system’

Kaye Broadbent Black lung, or coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, a respiratory disease prevalent in the 1880s and thought to have been eradicated in Queensland in the 1980s, has “re-emerged”. The government claims that 20 cases have been confirmed. Speaking to Red Flag, Stephen Smyth, president of the CFMEU Q...CONTINUE READING

Brisbane Council backs down on rosters

Kaye Broadbent A three-week lockout of Brisbane City Council electricians has ended with a win for union members. Agreeing to the electricians’ main demand, the council has dropped a “flexible” rostering proposal from its enterprise agreement offer. On 26 May, 25 of the council’s 30 electricians began ta...CONTINUE READING