Brekky Wrap: Au Pairs Inquiry Kicks Off, Childcare Workers Protest, Typhoon Hits Japan
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Childcare centres across the country will be forced to close on Wednesday as thousands of workers walk off the job to protest for better wages.
The United Voice union said early childhood teachers are earning "just $22 an hour" and female workers "undervalued" despite holding extensive educations qualification. About 350 centres are expected to close around lunchtime.
AFL and Border Force officials are due to give evidence to a parliamentary inquiry examining Peter Dutton's visa decisions for au pairs. The Senate's legal affairs committee will start its inquiry into whether the home affairs minister misused his ministerial powers when intervening on two separate occasions to save au pairs from deportation, one of whom admitted she intended to work in breach of her tourist visa for AFL boss Gil McLachlan's second cousin.
READ MORE: What's The Go With The Au Pairs?
Labor says it has found a way to claw back funding from a tiny environmental charity focusing on the Great Barrier Reef should it win the next federal election. Nearly $450 million was gifted by the federal government to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, with little explanation. Labor, who has criticised the "cash splash" as being "without process, probity or foundation" is now pointing to a clause in the funding agreement that could allow for it to be terminated immediately if there was a "material change" in government policy, the ABC reports.
At least eight people have died and up to 150 people injured as a powerful typhoon slams into western Japan.
More than one million people were evacuated as Typhoon Jebi moved north across the main island of Honshu on Tuesday, with strong gusts inundating the region's main international airport and blowing a tanker into a bridge. It's understood to be the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993.
Amazon has joined the $1 trillion dollar club and is on track to overtake Apple after its stock price more than doubled in a year.
The online retailer is only the second publicly listed U.S. company to reach the trillion-dollar value and managed to reach that figure in 21 years. Apple took 38 years to hit the mark.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will arrive on Nauru for the Pacific Islands forum on Wednesday after a journalist from New Zealand covering the event had her media accreditation revoked by authorities. TVNZ reported that Barbara Dreaver had been detained on Nauru after interviewing a refugee transferred there by Australia. Later on Tuesday, the official Twitter account of Nauru's government claimed "no journalist has been arrest or detained" and that procedural rules had been broken.
In the United States, the Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has started in chaos. Dozens of protestors were removed as a smiling Kavanaugh -- the conservative federal appeals court judge picked by the President for a lifetime job on the top U.S. judicial body -- entered the hearing room. Democrats are protesting about Republicans who blocked access to documents concerning the nominee's White House work more than a decade ago.
A pair of Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from The Wizard Of Oz have been found, 15 years after they were stolen from the Judy Garland museum in Minneapolis. The sequinned slippers are worth an estimated $2 million and are one of only four pairs made for iconic film, released in Australia in the 1940’s.
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