Global heat waves in 2016 resulted purely from human-driven climate change: study

The findings mark the first time that global scientists have identified severe weather that could not have happened without climate change, said the peer-reviewed report titled “Explaining Extreme Events in 2016 from a Climate Perspective.” Until now, the contribution of human-driven climate change has been understood to raise the odds of certain floods, droughts, storms […]

Global heat waves in 2016 resulted purely from human-driven climate change: study

The findings mark the first time that global scientists have identified severe weather that could not have happened without climate change, said the peer-reviewed report titled “Explaining Extreme Events in 2016 from a Climate Perspective.” Until now, the contribution of human-driven climate change has been understood to raise the odds of certain floods, droughts, storms […]

Turnbull’s U-turn: Australia is to hold a royal commission into the finance industry

MALCOLM TURNBULL, Australia’s prime minister, has changed his tune. Just last week he dismissed calls for an inquiry into Australia’s banks, saying it would be an expensive exercise that “doesn’t do anything other than write a report”. But on November 30th, Mr Turnbull abruptly announced a royal commission, Australia’s most wide-ranging form of inquiry, into […]

Catholic church dismisses key recommendations from landmark inquiry into child abuse

Leaders of the Catholic church in Australia have quickly dismissed calls from a landmark inquiry into child sexual abuse that the Vatican should make celibacy for priests voluntary and end the secrecy of confession. After five years of work, Australia’s royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse delivered its 21-volume report to government […]

Offering flexible work becomes challenging for SMEs as their workforce balloons: MYOB

Businesses are struggling to offer staff flexible work arrangements as they expand beyond four employees, according to cloud accounting provider, MYOB. Although employees have a legal right, under the Fair Work Act, to request flexible work arrangements, MYOB’s latest SME snapshot shows that just one in two businesses with under 20 staff (54%) afford their […]

Vatican should consider voluntary celibacy to cut child abuse risk: royal commission final report

Compulsory celibacy among Catholic priests contributed to child sexual abuse in Australia and local church leaders should ask the Vatican to consider introducing voluntary celibacy, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has recommended in its landmark final report. After five years, 444 days of public hearings and 8013 private sessions, the […]