Reform of Australia's carbon laws is continuing apace as we move into 2014, with the Abbott Government's Direct Action Plan taking shape. But what is Direct Action and what does it mean for your business?
The core of the Government's approach, as detailed in the Green Paper released last month, is the newly minted $1.5 billion Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The ERF replaces the carbon price mechanism (also known as the carbon tax) and is designed to identify, and provide finance for, greenhouse gas reduction projects that will ensure Australia meets its 2020 commitment to reduce emissions to 5% below what we were emitting in 2000.
Essentially, the approach reflects a move from regulation, through the market mechanism of carbon trading, towards an unregulated market. The ERF will operate under a "reverse auction" meaning that proposed emissions reductions projects would be submitted to the ERF, which would select, and pay for at the "lowest cost ", a sufficient number of projects to meet the 5% target.
Will your business be affected?
January is here and GLOBE is excited to announce a line up of activities to help all of our friends enjoy Midsumma- Melbourne's arts and culture festival for the GLBTI community.
If you haven't been to Midsumma, don't have anyone to go with or just want to find an excuse to hang out with your GLOBE friends, we are sure you will find something on our list. From a day out at Midsumma Carnival, to theatre and art exhibitions, and of course our Midsumma Fruits and Blend there are activities to suit everyone.
Note that some of the paid activities will require us to get minimum numbers to go ahead so book early. If events prove to be popular, we will put other social activities on the list.
Remember, if you register to come and see us at Midsumma Carnival and come and check at our stall you will go into the draw to win a free 12-month GLOBE individual membership. (current members get their membership extended by 12 months).
All of the events can be booked from our Eventbrite page:
On 12 December 2013, the High Court released its decision on the Commonwealth's challenge to the ACT's Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013.
Unfortunately for the 30 or so same-sex couples who had married in the days prior to this decision and for the vast number of Australians supporting this Act, the High Court found that the entire ACT Act had no effect.
The High Court judges unanimously came to the decision that the ACT's proposed Act could not operate alongside the federal Marriage Act 1961, as this specifically defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
The festive season is over and it's back to business as usual, or is it?
On 1 January 2014, a new workplace bullying jurisdiction in the Fair Work Commission came into force which applies to many workplaces in Australia, and may include yours.
If a worker reasonably believes that he or she has been bullied at work, they can now apply to the Commission for an order that the bullying stop. The Commission can make an order to stop the bullying if it is satisfied that the worker has been bullied at work and there is a risk that they will continue to be bullied.
In our first event, we welcomed Greens member Adam Bandt for a private dinner with GLOBE members. Discussions on the night focused on a number of topics including marriage equality, asylum seekers and the economy.
At the Penny Wong event, about 70 guests welcomed the Senator who was incredibly generous with her time, meeting all attendees individually as well as addressing the group and taking questions. She covered a broad range of topics from the educational reforms, asylum seekers and right through to sharing her experiences being a gay Asian politician. It was a most enlightening address.
At our final event, a number of our members as well as a strong contingent from our partners Lander and Rogers welcomed Liberal candidate for Melbourne Ports Kevin Ekendahl for a dinner at Gramercy Bistro. Topics for discussion included marriage equality, transport, asylum seekers, employment and education.
Again, we would like to thank our guests, members and all who attended our Meet Series events for their support.