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Music fans attend Womadelaide over the weekend. Covid has been found in wastewater in Adelaide.
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I mentioned before those new figures that show the Covid-19 pandemic has increased the pay disparity between men and women.

The opposition leader Anthony Albanese is set to front media to discuss Labor’s pay gap strategy at 10.30 am.

Opposition Leader, Anthony Albanese, will hold a press conference with Senator Jenny McAllister, Shadow Assistant Minister for Communities and the Prevention of Family Violence, to announce Labor’s strategy on closing the gender pay gap, 10:30AM Sydney #auspol

Minister for foreign affairs and acting defence minister Marise Payne also spoke this morning on ABC Radio National.

She was asked as the most senior woman in government if the prime minister consulted with her before deciding no independent inquiry is needed into the historical rape allegations against Christian Porter. (Allegations Porter categorically denies.)

The prime minister has made decisions in relation to that in consultation with appropriate colleagues…

Most importantly, I think what the prime minister has emphasised is that there are well established processes in the form of our justice system, which are for determining whether criminal allegations, can be proven, and that is the strong view of the prime minister and of the government in this matter.

I absolutely understand and appreciate that this is an extremely difficult set of circumstances. In fact, it is unprecedented. And it would be unprecedented if we moved to establish an inquiry of this nature based on an allegation in the way in which we see it occurring now.

That would mean that any person in Australia in any role in any job can be put in the position of ignoring the rule of law, ignoring the processes of justice that are well established for determining where the criminal allegations can be proven.

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