The Northern Territory news Thu 16 Jul 2020
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THURSDAY JULY 16 2020 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Training for recovery jobs EXCLUSIVE MADURA McCORMACK keep tradies in jobs through to March next year. The package comes as the federal government prepares changes to its $70 billion JobKeeper package. The new JobTrainer program will be funded by state and territory governments, with the federal government matching their contributions with up to $500 million. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the program would help job seekers and school leavers develop skills in growth industries. COVID-19 is unprecedented but I want Australians to be ready for the sorts of jobs that will come as we build back and recover, Mr Morrison said. The jobs and skills well need as we come out of the crisis are not likely to be the same as those that were lost. Its expected about 3200 training places will be available in the NT from September, with more than 340,000 available nationally. Target industries will be identified by the National Skills Commission. Current areas of need include health care, transport, postal and warehousing, manufacturing, retail and trade. The package also involves an extra $1.5 billion to extend wage subsidies for apprentices, pushing that program out by six months to March 2021. Medium businesses with fewer than 200 employees will join small businesses and become eligible for a 50 per cent subsidy to cover apprentices and trainees employed on July 1. The change will boost the number of eligible apprentices and trainees from about 80,000 to 180,000. At the moment some 332 NT businesses hiring 536 apprentices and trainees are being supported by federal wage subsidies. Top End Health nurse practitioner and Royal Australian Air Force reservist Flight Lieutenant Danny Metin. Territorian helps out in a crisis A TERRITORIAN nurse and Defence reservist is part of a 1350-person strong contingent of military trained personnel sent to help Victoria deal with its coronavirus outbreak. Royal Australian Air Force reservist Flight Lieutenant Danny Metin, who works as a nurse in Adelaide River, south of Darwin, has been deployed to Melbourne as an integral part of Operation COVID-19 Assist. He said his role down south would have a direct impact on his work when he returned to the Northern Territory. Up north on the highway we are responsible for swabbing any Territorians coming back or visitors coming through, Flight Lieutenant Metin said. Im fortunate because I can take these skills Im learning and apply them to the NT. He has been stationed at the Craigieburn testing site in Melbourne. MADURA MCCORMACK firstname.lastname@example.org THOUSANDS of Territory job seekers will have access to free or cheap training courses under a $2 billion government package. The latest economic stimulus to be unveiled on Thursday will also expand an apprentice wage subsidy by six months to Arrivals in Australia picking up THOUSANDS more people arrived in Australia last month despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Apart from Aussie citizens returning home, the biggest groups were New Zealanders, Indians and Chinese, an Australian Bureau of Statistics report said. There were almost 26,000 trips to Australia in June down 98.4 per cent on the same month last year due to pandemic travel restrictions. But arrivals slowly climbed as there were 33 per cent more trips in June than in May, the Overseas Travel Statistics, Provisional, June 2020 report said. A little more than half were Australians coming home with 14,100 arrivals. Of foreigner arrivals, the biggest group was New Zealanders (2700, increasing 18 per cent on May), Indians (1400, up 4.6 per cent), Chinese (1200, up 92.5 per cent) UK citizens (800, up 47.9 per cent) and US citizens (460, up 53.4 per cent). In June, at total of 2200 people arrived as permanent skilled migrants (up 34 per cent on May). We have got to get a bit of perspective on virus, says PM SCOTT Morrison has called for a bit of perspective when it comes to the nations latest coronavirus outbreak. On Triple M radio on Wednesday, the Prime Minister acknowledged that the situation in Victoria, where triple-digit cases are announced almost daily, was hard, but it was nothing compared with catastrophic numbers overseas. Last Sunday, there were 15,000 new cases in Florida alone, he said. While it is difficult, and were doing every thing we can and supporting Victoria, weve got to get a bit of perspective about whats happening. He said he was against repetitive lockdowns as case numbers spiked, claiming it was not sustainable and the recovery rate was high, but he expressed worry at the speed with which the virus could spread. It is true the vast majority of people who contract COVID-19 recover, but the issue is how quickly it transmits from one person to the other, he said. To think mass deaths, digging of open graves like in New York City, cant happen here is not the case. Mr Morrison said it was important to constrict the way the virus was able to move through social behaviours as opposed to orders. The response is not shutting everything down all the time, he said. You dont go to extremes on any of this stuff, you go down the middle thats where you make most ground. 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