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Aussie coal exports threatened in escalating trade tensions with China

Concern is growing that Australia’s coal industry in next on the import chopping block for China, as trade tensions continue to escalate.

It comes after Beijing imposed an 80 percent tariff on our Barley imports, and banned beef imports from a number of Australian abbatoirs, including three in Queensland.

There are suspicions that China is retaliating to Australia’s push for an inquiry into the origins of coronavirus, however Beijing has denied it.

In the latest move, it’s been reported that the Chinese government is now warning state-owned power plants not to buy new shipments of Australian thermal coal, in favour of domestic products.

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack telling the ABC it’s a concerning move, but is positive it will be resolved.

“We have a two-way relationship with China.

“China needs Australia as much as Australia needs China and we want to make sure that whatever we do is in a careful and considered way.

“We want to make sure that our coal exports have a destination.

“China has long been a customer of ours. They know the quality of our coal, they know the quality of our iron ore and other resources,” Michael McCormack said.

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SEEK reports spike in job advertisements

A bit of positive news this morning, with SEEK reporting job ads have increased substantially over the last month.

Following a severe fall in job advertisements over the month of April, ads are now up a whopping 26.8 percent across Australia.

SEEK’s new data has found that the biggest contributors to job ad growth is the Trades and Services industry at +45.1 percent, Administration and Office Support at +88.5 percent, Education and Training at +75.3 percent, Hospitality and Tourism at +101.6 percent and Sales at 97.1 percent.


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All states are showing an increase in job ad activity:

South Australia up by 36.2%
Tasmania up by 35.7%
Queensland up by 35.1%
Victoria up by 28.8%
Northern Territory up by 28.1%
Western Australia up by 27.4%
New South Wales up by 21.2%
Australian Capital Territory up by 13.6%

The Managing Director at SEEK ANZ Kendra Banks says these are promising signs.

“In the fortnight ended 17 May we saw an increase in job advertising of 26.8% compared to the average of the month of April.

“As Australia begins its long road to recovery, we are looking at comparing job ad volumes to April.

“We are using April as a baseline as we hope this is the low point for job ad numbers and we can use this as a comparison for how the employment market is progressing.

“It is important to remember that these figures are a long way shy of the pre-COVID volumes and there is a long road ahead.”

“There are some promising signs with all states and territories showing an increase in job ad volumes compared to April, suggesting we have turned a corner as long as we do not see a return of restrictions or a further outbreak.

“South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland are showing the biggest growth in job ad volume in the last two weeks,” Ms Banks said.

SEEK data has also shown that the most popular job advertisements are for the following roles.

Healthcare & Medical: roles such as Nursing (Aged Care and General Medical), Physiotherapy, Psychology, Counselling & Social Work and GPs
Trades & Services: Automotive, Labourers, Fitters, Turners & Machinists & Electricians
Information & Communication Technology: Developers/ Programmers, Business/ Systems Analysts, Software Engineering, and Project Management
Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics: Warehousing, Storage & Distribution, Road Transport, Assembly & Process Work and Machine Operators
Mining, Resources & Energy: Engineering & Maintenance and Operations.

Donations flood in for ‘tinny man’ to pay fine for cutting whale free from shark nets

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the ‘man in a tinny’ who cut a baby whale free from shark nets on the Gold Coast yesterday.

The whale calf was noticed wrapped up in the nets at Burleigh Heads just after 7.00am, by a drone operator.

It’s understood rescue crews were deployed, however it was hours before they arrived at the scene.

Locals swarmed the beach, watching and waiting to see if the whale was okay. A number of people even offered to go into the water to help.

Django, dubbed a local hero, was out in his tinny when he noticed the whale, he then approached it, dived in the water and cut it free around 9.30am.

As he sped off down south, he was met with officials from the Department of Fisheries and Boating, where he was apparently told he was in trouble.

He could now be facing tens of thousands of dollars worth of fines for getting too close to the nets and to a whale.

Locals have rallied around him and started a GoFundMe page to cover his costs, with over 200 people already donating over $3,500 as of 7.00am today, May 20.

“This page is to cover the cost of his fine, as we are unsure yet what that amount will be ( $1300 – $55,000)  any money raised over and above his fine will go to a charity that specialises in research & education for these great mammals,” the GoFundMe page description reads.

To donate, click here.

Related article: ‘Man in tinny’ fined after cutting baby whale free from shark nets off Burleigh Heads

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UPDATE | Witnesses wanted after man killed by truck on Beenleigh street

UPDATE @ MAY 19 | Police are calling for witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage to come forward, after a man was tragically hit and killed by a truck in Beenleigh over the weekend.

The fatal incident happened on Sunrise Street just before 11.00am on Saturday morning.

Police say that a man was loading a vehicle onto a utility and trailer, when the rear righthide side was struck by a large Isuzu truck travelling past.

The 30-year-old man from Boronia Heights suffered critical injuries on impact, and died at the scene.

Investigators are now appealing for the driver of a white Toyota Corolla which was seen driving on Sunrise Street just before 11.00am to contact them.

Similarly, anyone who may have dash cam vision from Sunrise Street is being urged to come forward.

Investigations are continuing.

EARLIER @MAY 16 | A man has died after being hit by a truck in Beenleigh this morning.

Emergency crews rushed to Sunrise Street just before 11.00am, following reports a man had been seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle.

Upon arrival, critical care paramedics and the High Acuity Response Unit found one person with critical injuries.

According to police, the man was loading a vehicle onto a ute and trailer, when the rear right hand side was struck by a large Isuzu truck travelling past.

“As a result of the impact, the man sustained critical injuries,” police said.

Despite desperate attempts by paramedics, the 30-year-old man from Boronia Heights could not be saved and died at the scene.

Forensic Crash Unit investigations continue.

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Man found and charged in NSW, over Qld double murder

A Queensland man has been arrested over the border, in relation to the murders of two people north of Brisbane.

Officers were called to a BnB property in Joyner around 2.00pm yesterday afternoon, where a man and woman were found dead.

A crime scene was established, along with an investigation centre at Petrie Police Station.

Queensland police alerted interstate authorities, before NSW police then tracked down a man at Berowra last night.

The 31-year-old was travelling south on the M1 in a Toyota Rav4, before he was pulled over and eventually arrested.

He’s been charged by virtur of a Queensland arrest warrant for two counts of murder (domestic violence offence) and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

There are reports the man is the son of the deceased couple.

The man was refused bail and is due to appear at Parramatta Local Court today, where Queensland Police detectives will apply for the man’s extradition.

The car was seized and will undergo forensic examination.