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Sunday Territorian 6 Oct 2019



Sunday Territorian 6 Oct 2019


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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SUNDAY OCTOBER 6 2019 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Bill Shorten rules out fresh tilt at job of PM JAMES CAMPBELL BILL Shorten has ruled out returning to the Labor leadership but says he intends to stay in parliament for many years to come. In his first major interview since Labor was beaten at Mays federal election, the former Opposition leader told the Sunday Territorian he had given up his ambition of being PM. Ive hung up my leadership running shoes and I support Anthony (Albanese), he said. Pressed if he wanted to be leader again, Mr Shorten was blunt: No. The 52-year-old said he took full responsibility for the loss to Prime Minister Scott Morrison. I have to Id have owned it if I won, he said. Trying to do too much and Labors pledge to abolish franking credit refunds were the two major reasons for his defeat. I think we had too many messages in hindsight, Mr Shorten said. In a universe where you can re-run things of course we cant fewer messages. I also accept that our proposals, our tax reforms around franking credits, created a sense of vulnerability and anxiety among older Australians which I clearly underestimated. He said the danger the policy represented was not clear to him at the time. In hindsight the risk was bigger than we realised. Based on the information that we had on our dashboard the risk seemed to be a manageable risk, he said. But now I accept just the holus-bolus rollout of franking credits created an anxiety in parts of the community especially amongst older Australians, both in reality, but also left them susceptible to the argument that there were further changes. Teen fights for rights of her fellow workers PHILLIPPA BUTT A 17-YEAR-OLD girl is fighting for the rights of Territory Subway workers after she discovered she was being paid less than the national minimum standard. April Schenk was working a few shifts a week at the Coolalinga Subway when she realised her enterprise bargaining agreement, which was created in 2008, did not cover evening, weekend or public holiday penalty rates. The agreement which expired in 2012 still currently covers workers at Subway Coolalinga, Gateway, Palmerston, Northlakes and Berrimah. The agreement expired in 2012 but workers had not been updated to the Fast Food Award. Under Fair Work Australia law, all current EBAs must meet, or have better conditions, than the award. April contacted her union, the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA), which wrote to her employer. SDA secretary Josh Peak said the old agreement was costing April, and her colleagues, thousands of dollars each year. Its not reasonable that workers today are still being paid under that agreement, he said. April was 6 years old when this agreement was made. Following contact from the union, April was offered a $3000 settlement from Subway and a separate contract, which included a non-disclosure agreement. However, the teen decided to turn it down. I thought about my coworkers and theyre such hard workers, April said. They deserve to be paid properly too. She was then offered an additional $1000 but still would not sign. She has now, with the help of the SDA, filed at the Fair Work Commission to terminate the old agreement. The SDA is committed to ripping up dodgy, outdated agreements like this one that deny workers their fair share, Mr Peak said. Subway workers deserve to be covered by an agreement or award that reflects the minimum pay and working standards as of 2019, not 2008. The owner of the Subway stores was contacted for comment. THEYRE SUCH HARD WORKERS. THEY DESERVE TO BE PAID PROPERLY APRIL SCHENK Subway worker April Schenk discovered she was being paid less than the national minimum standard Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL Please call us for a free quote 89 470 833 or email: info@allrenovationsnt.com.au GARDEN SHEDS 3 X 2 6 M2 $4800 + GST 3 X 3 9 M2 $7,200 + GST 3 X 4 12 M2 $9,600 + GST 3 X 5 15 M2 $12,200 + GST 4 X 6 24 M2 $19,200 + GST Supply install on concrete fl oor. Price includes certifi cation TINY HOMES 6 X 3.5 21 M2 $29,400 + GST 8 X 3.5 28 M2 $39,200 + GST 10 X 3.5 35 M2 $39,000 + GST 12 X 3.5 42 M2 $58,800 + GST We have a collection of fl oor plans or you have the option to design your own Includes bathroom and kitchenette Prices include certifi cation and are ex-factory only TILES FOR SALE M2 FROM $10 UNITS FOR SALE GREEN UNIT $19,000 2 BEDROOM UNIT $36,000 VANITY BASINS FROM $350

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