Daily News Roundup

February 18, 2019

No mandatory air conditioning for aged care residents after pressure from lobby group

Aged care providers objected to proposed regulations that could have made air conditioning mandatory in nursing homes.

Peak industry body Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) opposed a draft regulation requiring aged care facilities provide a “comfortable internal temperature”.

“This may be interpreted that all services are required to have air-conditioning. This needs to be clarified in the rationale and evidence section,”LASA said in a submission on the regulations.

The Government spent 18 months consulting on the new regulations, which will be introduced this July. But there is no longer any reference to providing a “comfortable internal temperature” to nursing home residents.


Nauru and Manus Island asylum seekers face fresh security and character assessments

Hundreds of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru will undergo fresh security and character assessments as the Government prepares for an “influx” of medical transfers, Attorney-General Christian Porter says.

Federal Parliament last week passed the so-called medevac bill — with the backing of Labor, the Greens and independents — giving doctors more power to decide whether a person should be brought to Australia for medical treatment.

The laws allow the Home Affairs Minister to refuse a transfer if the asylum seeker has breached the ASIO Act, been given an adverse security assessment, or previously been sentenced to 12 months in prison.


Woolworths to axe $1-a-litre fresh milk

It’s the controversial product at the centre of the supermarket wars but now one of the big two has said it will axe the low price.

It was the product at the centre of the supermarket wars but now Woolworths has run up the white flag, this morning making the shock decision to raise the price of milk.

From tomorrow $1-a-litre milk will be axed in Woolies stores. The dairy staple will go up by 10c per litre.

A two-litre bottle of milk will cost $2.20 and a three-litre bottle $3.30.

The move applies to Woolworths branded milk only.

The supermarket giant has said the move will benefit struggling farmers who will receive “every cent” of the price increase.

Last week, Australia was shocked by images of thousands of dead cattle drowned by floods in northern Queensland.

Coles, Aldi and Woolworths have been under increasing pressure to raise the cost of fresh milk by the dairy industry that has long said $1 a litre is unsustainable and was sending farmers broke. News.com.au has contacted Coles nor Aldi but so far neither has responded to Woolies’ milk move.

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