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Ceremonial welcome for Albanese in Jakarta

Katharine MurphyKatharine Murphy

Anthony Albanese has now arrived at Bogor Palace in Jakarta. Australia’s chief minister is receiving a ceremonial welcome with a guard of honour.

When he arrived at the forecourt of the palace he received a warm greeting from the Indonesian president Joko Widodo. The obligatory 19 gun salute accompanies the arrival. Australia’s foreign minister Penny Wong is there in the background with ministers Don Farrell, Ed Husic and the Labor MP Luke Gosling.

Updated at 23.31 EDT

The chief minister says Indonesia is on track to be one of the world’s five largest economies, and revitalising the trade and investment relationship between Australia and Indonesia is a priority of the Albanese government.

He said:

And it’s why we plan to work with Indonesia to realise the possible of the Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. Our economic ministers will meet regularly and we will continue to obtain the backing of business on both sides. The government will work with Australian super fund investors to analyze investment opportunities here in Indonesia. And the senior Australian CEOs who are here with me will be at the vanguard of a consistent campaign by Australian government and business to seize these opportunities.

I also look forward to advancing our $200 million climate and infrastructure partnership with Indonesia [to] further my government’s ambitious climate targets… I want better access to affordable, reliable, clean, general across our vicinity as we change to a net zero world together.

An office for south east Asia will be established in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the PM announces.

He says Australia will offer technical skill to help build a clean green high tech city, and the government intends to rebuild Australia’s Indonesian language skills, as more Australians speaking Bahasa Indonesian will be “vital to deepening our relationship.”

He ends by saying that he was pleased “we recognised our meaningful defence and security relationship and all this does to sustain regional security and stability” and said he looked forward to hosting Widodo at the next annual leaders’ meeting but could not potential the pair would ride bikes around Lake Burley Griffin.

Albanese speaks in Indonesia

The chief minister, Anthony Albanese, is making his press statement after meeting with Indonesian chief minister Joko Widodo.

He says Australia’s relationship with Indonesia is one of our most important not just by geography, but with a long history of cooperation both economic and strategic.

He says he will go to the G20 summit in Bali in November:

Today I informed President Widodo that I will attend the G20 leaders’ summit in Bali in November. I did so because the work of the G20 is basic at this time of global economic uncertainty, and by working with it we will be by working with Indonesia.

Updated at 01.15 EDT

We are expecting the joint press statement with Australian chief minister Anthony Albanese and Indonesian president Joko Widodo to begin shortly.

Some more data on the Covid situations in Victoria via the state’s health department:

There are 476 Covid-19 situations in hospital in Victoria – with 18 active situations in ICU, including 7 on a ventilator, and an additional 7 cleared situations in ICU.

Sadly, the department was notified of 14 deaths yesterday in people aged in their 50s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Employer groups seek to delay minimum wage pay rise

Unions have criticised employer groups for pushing to delay a pay rise as inflationary pressures outstrip wages growth, AAP reports.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry says any rise in the minimum wage should be delayed for the accommodation and food sets sectors, tourism-related transport, and arts and events due to the slower rate of business recovery and price hikes increasing the cost of business.

The commencement of wage increases for specific awards should be delayed by a minimum of four months, until at the minimum 1 November, the ACCI argues.

The ACCI is also pushing for an increase of up to 3% in the minimum wage determined by the independent Fair Work Commission, remaining behind headline inflation of 5.1%.

“This gets the balance right, taking into account the complete range of risks and uncertainties facing the Australian economy, workers and businesses,” the chamber said in its FWC submission.

The National Retail Association also argues that any wage rise should be deferred until November 1 due to “exceptional circumstances” including a labour shortage crisis.

“The NRA submits that the positive economic indications from the national accounts for the March quarter 2022 should be treated with caution since they do not mirror the expected impacts of recent interest rates rises,” it told the FWC.

The Australian Industry Group has hypothesizedv a wage rise of 2.5% due to the economic conditions facing businesses.

FILE PHOTO: A cleaner wears a protective face mask and gloves while she makes up a suite room Employer groups are calling for a delay on the minimum wage pay rise in sectors including accommodation, tourism food service and events. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

ACTU secretary Sally McManus says pay freezes would hurt businesses and the broader economy by reducing spending and forcing low paid workers to cut back on everyday basic items.

“Working people cannot be left behind in the recovery from the pandemic. The annual wage review is the first step in ensuring that we proportion the recovery from this crisis across the economy,” she said.

“The biggest risk to business is truly consumer spending which ironically they are seeking to damage by their hypothesizedv wage cuts.”

The federal government has hypothesizedv a wage rise of at the minimum 5.1% in its submission to ensure the real wages of low paid workers do not go backwards.

Updated at 01.17 EDT

More beds for Adelaide hospitals to deal with Covid situations and winter flu infections

An additional 80 hospital beds will be opened across Adelaide’s hospital network along a new acute assessment centre as part of a winter strategy to deal with the current Covid-19 pandemic and a rise in flu infections, AAP reports.

The additional beds are on top of the 180 opened in the past few weeks after the new Labor government took what it called urgent action to strengthen the hospital network.

The winter strategy also includes more resources for virtual and community care along with a program of free flu vaccinations.

It comes as flu situations continue to rise after the release of ambulance ramping figures which showed 3,412 hours were lost in May.

Covid-19 infections appear to have stabilised but daily case numbers have remained persistently above 2,000 in recent days, with more than 200 people in hospital.

“This is the first winter since the pandemic hit that our health system will be required to manage both Covid-19 and the flu, in addition as normal winter need, and we know this will be a challenge,” the health minister, Chris Picton, said.

“This is the state’s first winter need strategy in four years and does everything we can with the situation we have inherited to generate more capacity.”

An exterior view of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Photograph: Roy Vandervegt/AAP

As part of the winter strategy, the acute assessment centre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital will allow patients who need to be admitted to bypass the emergency department.

The government is also working with private hospitals and day surgeries to perform more elective surgery procedures.

Updated at 00.53 EDT

National Covid-19 update

Here are the latest coronavirus case numbers from around Australia on Monday, as the country records at the minimum 19 deaths from Covid-19:

ACT Health has advised that technical issues delayed weekend and Monday Covid case updates, and that these reports won’t be released before Tuesday 7 June.

NSW

  • Deaths: 3
  • situations: 4,486
  • In hospital: 1,314 (with 38 people in ICU)

Northern Territory

  • Deaths: 0
  • situations: 143
  • In hospital: 12 (with no one in ICU)

Queensland

  • Deaths: 0
  • situations: 2,548
  • In hospital: 299 (with 6 people in ICU)

South Australia

  • Deaths: 1
  • situations: 2,255
  • In hospital: 241 (with 9 people in ICU)

Tasmania

  • Deaths: 0
  • situations: 513
  • In hospital: 43 (with no one in ICU)

Victoria

  • Deaths: 14
  • situations: 7,557
  • In hospital: 476 (with 25 people in ICU)

Western Australia

  • Deaths: 1
  • situations: 4,849
  • In hospital: 279 (with 16 people in ICU)

What’s next for Albanese in Jakarta

Katharine MurphyKatharine Murphy

For folks wanting to follow the chief minister’s Jakarta trip at home, let me run by the logistics: the two leaders are meeting privately now. In about an hour the two will make remarks to the media.

This isn’t a joint press conference, the leaders in this format do not take questions.

After that, the two will talk further at a state lunch. At 2.30pm local time (that’s 5.30pm AEST) the chief minister will take questions from travelling reporters before meeting the secretary of the Association of South-East Asian Nations this evening.

Anthony Albanese will finish today with a dinner with his travelling business delegation.

Updated at 00.09 EDT

Another day of no Covid numbers out of the ACT due to an IT issue.

(1/3) ACT Health is unable to provide its usual daily COVID-19 case updates today (Monday 6 June) due to an IT issue.

The ACT Health data team has worked with the vendor and an appropriate fix has now been put in place.

— ACT Health (@ACTHealth) June 6, 2022

ATO proves Covid tests or PPE bought for work-related purposes are tax-deductible from 1 July

Taxpayers who paid for a Covid-19 test for work-related purposes or bought their own PPE could be able to claim it as a deduction, the Australian Tax Office says.

AAP reports that with the end of the financial year looming, the ATO expects Covid-19 will continue to impact tax returns.

“We know that many have faced meaningful challenges,” the assistant commissioner, Tim Loh, said.

While taxpayers embraced working from home with gusto during the pandemic, many are now trying to determine what they can claim as a authentic work expense on their annual returns.

From 1 July, people forced to buy tests to determine if they can attend or keep at work can claim the cost as a tax deduction.

They must have a record proving they paid for the test but the ATO will accept a bank or credit card statement alongside documentation from employers as evidence.

Rapid antigen tests needed for work are tax deductible.Rapid antigen tests needed for work will be tax deductible from 1 July. Photograph: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

The ATO says employees cannot claim for tests supplied by employers or where the cost was reimbursed.

Only tests required for work-related purposes are deductible.

“If you purchased a Covid-19 test for a trip with your mates, you can’t claim a deduction,” Loh said.

Taxpayers will also be able to claim deductions for the cost of protective items that protect against illness or injury while at work.

“If you’re spending your working day in close closeness to customers and at risk of contracting Covid-19, you may be able to claim a deduction for protective items such as gloves, confront masks, or sanitiser.”

The federal Covid-19 disaster payment will not be taxed and does not need to be included in returns.

Jobseeker and Pandemic Leave Disaster payments are taxable and do need to be included.

Updated at 00.30 EDT

Katharine MurphyKatharine Murphy

Albanese and Indonesian president Joko Widodo cycle together

Anthony Albanese and Joko Widodo have planted a tree in the grounds of Bogor Palace before heading to a associate of bikes.

The two leaders have discarded their jackets and ties. Australia’s chief minister also tucked his suit pants into his socks. Safety first.

They’ve donned helmets and they are off. Cycling slowly. Albanese looked a bit wobbly to begin with, but he’s upright. Widodo is setting a leisurely speed.

If I had to guess I’d say Albanese is used to a faster speed. But clearly, one cannot outpace one’s great number. One must continue harmony.

An Australian official says Albanese was “deeply touched” by Widodo’s gesture with the bikes.

In Indonesia, bikes signify humble beginnings – a story the two leaders proportion in shared. Bikes are an basic form of transport in Indonesia, so this gesture from Widodo has cultural and personal significance.

The two are now off their bikes, walking and talking.

Updated at 23.43 EDT

And a tweet to join Katharine Murphy’s last post.

Updated at 23.33 EDT

Ceremonial welcome for Albanese in Jakarta

Katharine MurphyKatharine Murphy

Anthony Albanese has now arrived at Bogor Palace in Jakarta. Australia’s chief minister is receiving a ceremonial welcome with a guard of honour.

When he arrived at the forecourt of the palace he received a warm greeting from the Indonesian president Joko Widodo. The obligatory 19 gun salute accompanies the arrival. Australia’s foreign minister Penny Wong is there in the background with ministers Don Farrell, Ed Husic and the Labor MP Luke Gosling.

Updated at 23.31 EDT

Queensland announces commission of inquiry into DNA testing

Eden GillespieEden Gillespie

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a commission of inquiry into DNA testing at the Queensland Forensic and Scientific sets.

The review will be conducted by the former president of the court of allurement and retired estimate Walter Sofronoff, the premier said on Monday.

Palaszczuk said submissions to the Women’s Justice and Safety Taskforce had shown a broader inquiry was “needed” and that terms of reference would be released later this week.

BREAKING: A Commission of Inquiry into DNA testing at Queensland’s Forensic and Scientific sets will be conducted by the former President of the Court of allurement, retired estimate Justice Walter Sofronoff. #qldpol

— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) June 6, 2022

“A commission of inquiry is a very big step … Today is a fresh day because … the most experienced person has said he will come on board and do this inquiry.”

“I know Walter and he will not leave any stone unturned … it will be handled in a sensitive manner … I honestly believe this is the right time and this is the right person and this is the right job for him.”

Palaszczuk said $6m has been set aside for the inquiry, which will be funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

It comes after the Palaszczuk government announced an independent review into DNA testing after concerns were raised about failings by forensic laboratories in the state.

The health minister, Y’vette D’Ath, said the timeframe for the commission of inquiry would be up to six months as it was a “complicate matter that may take some time.”

She acknowledged the family of Shandee Blackburn, who died after being stabbed more than 20 times when she was walking home in Mackay in 2013.

An inquiry into Blackburn’s death was announced following a podcast by the Australian called “Shandee’s Story”. which examined the alleged handling of DNA evidence in the case.

“We’re very pleased we can announce this today … to recognise the family of Shandee Blackburn,” D’Ath said.

Dr Kirsty Wright, a forensic biologist who was interviewed on the podcast, described the handling of the murder case as a “trainwreck”.

Wright alleged the state-run forensics laboratory was failing to detect DNA in samples taken in rape and sexual assault situations.

“This lab and the flawed results and the inaccurate results, it’s compromising our criminal justice system and it’s compromising public safety,” Dr Wright told the podcast.

Here’s our report on the review in DNA testing back in May:

Updated at 23.29 EDT



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