Southampton surprise league leaders Everton with 2-0 victory

Premier League leaders Everton slumped to their first defeat of the season and lost Lucas Digne to a second-half red card as Danny Ings inspired Southampton to a 2-0 win at St Mary’s on Sunday.

Ings is Southampton’s top scorer this season but he turned provider against Everton, setting up James Ward-Prowse’s 27th-minute opener with a delicate through-ball and then crossing to the far post for strike partner Che Adams to score a deflected finish in the 35th.

Referee Kevin Friend gives Everton’s Lucas Digne is marching orders after a foul on Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters.Credit:Getty Images

Everton’s worst display of the season was capped by the 71st-minute sending-off of left back Digne, who raked his studs down the back of Kyle Walker-Peters’ leg as he chased after the Southampton right back.

Everton, who won their first four league games and drew their fifth against Liverpool last weekend, stayed top of the standings. However, only goal difference separates Everton from Merseyside rival Liverpool.

It was a first loss for Carlo Ancelotti’s team in nine games in all competitions and the visitors really missed the pace and directness of left-sided Richarlison, who was suspended after getting sent off against Liverpool.

Southampton have recovered superbly from losing 5-2 at home to Tottenham in their second league game, picking up 10 points from a possible 12 in their next four games and keeping three clean sheets in the process.


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How small-business leaders can improve their employer brand through social media

Social media for business is often thought of as a marketing channel for attracting and retaining business. However, the capabilities and value social media adds to an organisation today extends well into any external communications arm of the business. Employer brand value, communication and talent attraction is a key area where social media has played a vital role for businesses across many industries.

Today your online brand presence plays a key role in attracting industry talent. An employer with a strong social media presence versus an employer with no real presence could well be the difference in the quality of candidates you enquire into your business.

So, how does social media contribute to increasing employer brand value?

Social media employer value is more than a glitzy page showcasing team events. My experience through our own talent recruitment, has been that yes, culture out on display on social media is one part of talent feeling comfortable with you as an employer, but also it’s your performance as a business and the showcasing of growth and opportunity that are also standouts.

The following channels are key social media marketing platforms businesses need to consider in an employer brand communications strategy:

  • social media platforms (such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram)
  • review sites (Facebook can be included here also and also employer review sites such as
  • blogs and forums
  • video content platforms (such as YouTube).

Keeping the communication channels in mind, the following are fundamental elements you need to incorporate in your employer brand value strategy:

  1. Staying relevant and being thought leaders with up to date and consistent content
  2. Showcase third-party endorsement via reviews and highly rated community recommendations
  3. Professionally manage and maintain your community management
  4. Share company milestones and internal personal and team training and development initiatives e.g. team strategy sessions, workshops, speaking opportunities etc. such as training days and workshops)
  5. Present your company culture and personal growth opportunities that have existed in your company

By way of example, Attention Experts recently worked with a water cooler small business, Call a Cooler. As engaging in a social media strategy built on the five elements discussed helped improve the company’s hiring process and established a summer sales team specifically tasked to sell products door to door. Third party endorsement and online reviews played a key role in attracting talent, building a reputable online brand presence showcased the company’s culture and also its mission around supporting the environment which aligned with a lot of the talent it was trying to attract. Content generated was aligned with the company’s core values, mission and purpose and highlighted the communication management of stakeholders.

In summary, a successful employer brand value through social media is achieved through consistency, understanding the value you have to offer as an employer and most importantly showing these strong points of your brand as an employer in the most genuine way possible. Be authentic and deliver value, this value will return to you with great talent finding you via social media through eventually what is a great employer brand.

George Hawwa, Founder and Growth Director, Attention Experts

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REVEALED: South Australia’s top 40 leaders under 40

South Australia’s top businesspeople have tonight been honoured at InDaily’s annual 40 Under 40 Awards, highlighting the innovation, commitment and diversity of the State’s young leaders.

SA Venture Capital Fund Portfolio Manager David Rohrsheim led an assessment panel which analysed the applications of more than 200 award nominees and recognised the creativity, personal determination and philanthropic pursuits of some of the state’s best business people under the age of 40.

The nominees represented a plethora of industries including medicine, technology, finance, hospitality and more.

From more than 600 referrals and 200 completed nominations, a panel of 12 judges from across sectors came up with a shortlist of finalists, which were narrowed down to InDaily’s 40 Under 40.

The achievements, energy and innovation of the 40 winners (scroll down to see the full list) were celebrated at a scaled-back and socially distanced event at the National Wine Centre this evening which, like events across the country, was postponed due to restrictions.

Rohrsheim told the audience that shortlisting the final 40 entrepreneurs was incredibly challenging.

“I note that these 40 individuals are all risk takers. Virtually every story we read had a moment where their venture or career could have gone bad,” he said.

“For every success story celebrated here tonight, I am mindful that there is another entrepreneur for whom it didn’t quite work out.

“Those folks aren’t in the room tonight, but we have to make an effort to celebrate everybody who is ‘having a crack’. Our State won’t get better if everything stays the same.”

He said each of the final 40 were highly innovative.

“The key question the judges asked when reviewing applications was: ‘Is our State better off with this person?’ For the 40 winners, the answer was a strong yes. If we could clone them into 400 people, we would,” Rohrsheim said.

“The future of South Australia is in good hands with them.

“Time is on their side, and it will be exciting to see what they do with the rest of their careers.”

SA Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham said with the world facing the “biggest economic crisis” since the Great Depression, it would be through the State’s innovators that South Australia would make its way out of the global pandemic.

“That’s what tonight’s ceremony really is celebrating. It’s recognising that across South Australia we have such a breadth of talent driving new businesses, new concepts and in doing so driving new jobs for South Australians today and hopefully long into the future,” he said over video.

“Some of you will be working in exciting new areas of technology like defence and space tech, others will be driving, no doubt in the services sector.

“All of you are striving in ambitious ways to a stronger, brighter future for our state.

“Some may well be working in crucial parts of community services in support, and your roles, particularly in these trying and tough times is ensuring we have the leadership, the support and the services available for those doing it a little bit tougher than the rest of us.”

Birmingham added the winners would join a growing group of South Australia’s top young business leaders.

“Congratulations to those who are being recognised at tonight’s awards,” he said.

“You go on to join an incredible alumnus of South Australians who’ve done amazing things over the years and whose work we all rely upon to see us through the tough times and to give us the confidence that the better times, which we know can lie ahead, will be delivered.”

To coincide with the event, for the first time, InDaily’s sister publication CityMag has produced a special 40 Under 40 edition of the magazine profiling each of the winners, to be released tomorrow.

As part of their awards prize, each winner will receive an invitation to a series of workshops providing key insights into business growth, business development and governance, and commercial legal issues.

Eight individual winners, who exemplified the selection criteria, were also recognised.

These included an emerging industry award sponsored by Piper Alderman, the creative thinker award chosen by KWP! and the first among equals award, which is selected by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

South Australia’s 40 Under 40 for 2020

Judging Panel


Keep in touch with the State’s talented young business leaders by joining South Australia’s 40 Under 40 on LinkedIn here.

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Political leaders such as Premier Berejiklian are getting away with murder

Australia’s political leaders need to be held to account for their legacy of destruction of our environment and the death of the planet, writes Sue Arnold.

THE LOVE AFFAIR between NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire has provoked a huge public response.

Mainstream media response tends to support the impression that “our Glad” is as clean as they come and let’s face it, many of us have had experience in picking the wrong guy.

However, one letter in the Sydney Morning Herald summed up the feelings of a large contingent of the public.

Bob Edgar from Westmead wrote: 

Many communities will remember Berejiklian for her arrogance. Communities whose only crime has been to seek to preserve their heritage. Indigenous, colonial and natural heritage are routinely disregarded and destroyed. Community assets such as pools, parks, bushland are arbitrarily given over to stadiums, toll roads or high-rise. Community consultation is a one-way conversation. Adverse findings from parliamentary inquiries count for nothing.

A most accurate summary of the Premier. Her arrogance has driven off many communities. Letters, petitions, emails, phone calls are ignored. This has been the case since her inception as Premier. Apparently, the voting public is a bunch of zombies, undeserving of any response.

The hypocrisy shown by Berejiklian to the environment is legendary. Relying on spin and pictures of her clutching koalas, Berejiklian has done her best to portray herself as a person who cares for wildlife and the environment.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Under her leadership, the NSW Government has trashed the environment, community assets, democratic rights and legislation which allowed for public interest challenges.

But isn’t this grubby saga just another distraction from the real issues facing us all?

In the old world when integrity still existed, Berejiklian would have no choice but to resign. But not in our current experience. If Berejiklian goes, she’ll be opening the door for another clutch of anti-environmental pro-development Right-wing would-be Premiers.

Nothing will change.

Over the last few weeks, some very serious issues have been raised. Sir David Attenborough released his documentary A Life On Our Planet, which was so depressing in its message that Prince William had to turn it off as Prince George, aged seven, became too upset.

Recently, The Guardian UK published a message to the Western world from the Waorani tribe leader, Nemonte Nenquimo. The Amazon forest is her home.

Her message said: 

We Indigenous people are fighting to save the Amazon, but the whole planet is in trouble because you do not respect it. This is my message to the Western world — your civilisation is killing life on Earth.


As Indigenous peoples, we are fighting to protect what we love – our way of life, our rivers, the animals, our forests, life on Earth – and it’s time that you listened to us.


It took us thousands of years to get to know the Amazon rainforest. To understand her ways, her secrets, to learn how to survive and thrive with her.


When you say that you are urgently looking for climate solutions, yet continue to build a world economy based on extraction and pollution, we know you are lying because we are the closest to the land, and the first to hear her cries.

Environment is the enemy of Right-wing governments

As the Amazon burns, on the other side of the world here in Australia, the destructive bushfires and drought mimicked the Waorani tribe’s living hell. 

Joelle Gergis, one of the dozen or so Australian lead authors involved in consolidating the physical science basis for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report’, exquisitely expresses the Australian grief.

Dr Gergis wrote the following in an essay which will be part of the anthology titled Fire, Flood and Plague, to be published by Penguin Random House in December.

The relentless heat and drought experienced during our nation’s hottest and driest year on record saw the last of our native forests go up in smoke. We saw terrified animals fleeing with their fur on fire, their bodies turned to ash. Those that survived faced starvation among the charred remains of their obliterated habitats.


Recovering the diversity and complexity of Australia’s unique ecosystems now lies beyond the scale of human lifetimes. What we witnessed was inter-generational damage: a fundamental transformation of our country.


Australia’s horror summer is the clearest signal yet that our planet’s climate is rapidly destabilising. It breaks my heart to watch the country I love irrevocably wounded because of our government’s denial of the severity of climate change and its refusal to act on the advice of the world’s leading scientists.

Another global Australia icon is in deep trouble. According to recent research, the Great Barrier Reef has lost half its coral since 1995.

The researchers said:

“There is no time to lose — we must sharply decrease greenhouse gas emissions ASAP.”

Keeping our promises: We can't let the Great Barrier Reef die

Australia is at a critical crossroads. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s population target for 2020 was 271,000, highlighting the old “jobs and growth” mantra — the only focus of our governments. But population growth has dropped dramatically with the pandemic and the benefits are evident.     

Population growth is heading to zero and experts say about 80,000 fewer houses will need to be built. That means habitats destined for destruction will survive a little longer.

Forests need not be bulldozed to feed an exponentially growing renewable energy industry.

Australia’s carbon emissions fell to their lowest levels in 22 years according to government data.

Emissions reduced by about 10 million tonnes to 518 million tonnes for the year to June compared to last year, the lowest level since 1998.

This is good news and should be a foundation for a significant change in the Government’s energy policies which need to focus on wind and solar. It’s news that might give the Great Barrier Reef a chance to recover.

As Prime Minister of this nation, Scott Morrison has an obligation to represent all citizens and to lead us to a sustainable future. So, too, do all the states’ premiers and political parties. Yet there are no checks and balances when it comes to the ongoing destruction of the environment. No value placed on wildlife, forests, rivers and ecosystems. The national balance sheet fails to give our life support systems any economic value.

In the face of global concern over the continuation of life on Earth coming from scientists, Indigenous and religious leaders and an increasingly concerned public, Australians need to demand answers from the politicians and media.

How long will they turn a blind eye to a dying environment? What steps can voters take to force politicians and parties who refuse, in the face of damning evidence, to make the survival of our life support systems the primary political goal?

At what cost are we allowing these corrupt governments to stay in power? 

Kevin Rudd’s petition for a royal commission into Murdoch media ownership would be an excellent start.

Sue Arnold is an IA columnist and freelance investigative journalist. You can follow Sue on Twitter @koalacrisis.

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PM’s department says business leaders on Covid commission given access to confidential material | Australian politics

Officials from Scott Morrison’s department have confirmed the high powered business leaders on Nev Power’s Covid coordination commission have been given “baseline” security clearances so they can have access to confidential cabinet material.

The prime minister first flagged the highly unusual governance arrangement in the middle of the year when he broadened the membership of the business advisory body he created to assist the government with Covid-19 recovery.

Morrison told reporters in July it would be an “important innovation” to allow the coordination commission, which is headed by former Fortescue executive Power, “to work within government and … form part of the cabinet deliberative processes”.

Stephanie Foster, the deputy secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, told a Senate estimates hearing on Tuesday that officials had subsequently “initiated a process” whereby the commissioners were given a “baseline security clearance to facilitate this”.

Power told the committee that commissioners had provided “input” to high-level government decisions, including on the operation of the jobseeker and jobkeeper payments. He said the coordination commission had made contributions in the lead-up to the October budget and confirmed he had provided briefings to the national security committee of federal cabinet.

Foster said departmental officials supporting Power’s advisory group had access to cabinet material and could use that material as the basis of briefings for the organisation.

The shadow finance minister, Katy Gallagher, criticised the arrangement as “cosy”. Gallagher noted during Tuesday’s hearing the practical effect of the change was business leaders now had more access to government information than the Liberal and National members serving with her on the finance committee.

She challenged the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, to nominate a comparable arrangement with a government advisory group being given access to confidential material.

But Cormann played down the significance of the shift. “Why would we have an advisory body if we didn’t seek their advice. You can’t ask them to do this job with two arms tied behind their back.”

Stephanie Foster, the deputy secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, at the Senate estimates hearing. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

Cormann argued the handpicked group needed tools to do their job “for Australia” effectively.

Gallagher noted the government had chosen in the budget not to extend the jobseeker payment beyond December. She asked Power whether that reflected his advice to government. Cormann said the commission was one “input” but he shut the line of questioning down because it strayed into confidential deliberations of government.

Gallagher said there was a persistent problem with transparency with the organisation. She noted the Covid commission was being being funded by taxpayers but taxpayers had little sense of how the organisation worked.

There has been criticism from a range of civil society groups about a lack of accountability procedures at the commission. As well as the criticism about governance, there has been concern the group’s policy and advisory focus is too narrow.

Power’s role leading the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest because of an early apparent emphasis on pursuing a gas-led recovery. Power in May stepped aside from his position as deputy chairman of gas company Strike Energy.

The concern intensified after the leak of a draft report by a manufacturing taskforce appended to the commission recommended the government make sweeping changes to “create the market” for gas and build fossil fuel infrastructure that would operate for decades.

That report – which has not been released officially – said Australian taxpayers should underwrite a massive expansion of the domestic gas industry, including helping open new fields and build hundreds of kilometres of pipelines.

The Morrison government is pursuing a “gas-led” recovery which includes opening new gas basins and potentially supporting infrastructure.

Power was asked on Tuesday by the Greens senator Larissa Waters whether the NCCC had applied a climate lens to its deliberations. Power said the organisation sought a range of inputs, including from Australia’s chief scientist Alan Finkel, but replied: “I’m not sure what you mean by a climate lens.”

Power said the commission was focussed on pursuing policies and programs that accelerated Australia’s recovery from the first recession in 30 years.

The IMF recently pointed out that one of the most effective means of boosting economic growth post-Covid would be a green led recovery using policy architecture that the Coalition abolished when it came to power in 2013.

Power has noted previously that he has been approached by business leaders wanting the government to use the recovery from the pandemic to lock in low-emissions energy. But he says his organisation is not recommending “a green recovery per se”.

The Morrison government has also come under fire for attempting to use cabinet confidentiality to protect the deliberations of national cabinet, the body consisting of the prime minister and leaders of the states and territories.

Independent senator Rex Patrick has challenged the status of the intergovernmental body, arguing in a freedom-of-information appeal that it “is not a cabinet” because it is “not constituted by members of government responsible to one parliament”.

Patrick noted that on Monday the department had quietly updated the cabinet handbook to include the national cabinet. It now states that all national cabinet documents “remain strictly confidential” and the body can “co-opt” expert advisers into its structure “as appropriate”.

On Tuesday, Patrick said he would fight the “power grab” through his FOI appeal in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and predicted it will “prove a major legal battle on the future of cabinet government in Australia, likely ending up in the high court”.

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Local Leaders | headspace: Who do you go to when you need to talk? | Goulburn Post


This past year has been a historical year on many fronts from bushfires, drought, flooding, COVID-19, loss of freedoms, loss of incomes and even the loss of loved ones; the list goes on. For some, lives have been changed forever. Facing new challenges is never easy and can begin to take a toll on our personal well-being physically and emotionally. We all have our good days and our bad days, and understanding mental health symptoms can possibly help you get back on track sooner than later. October is Mental Health month and it’s important that we stop and ask ourselves “How am I going”? It’s very easy to be the “go-to” for everyone else, but who do you go to? There are some signs that maybe things are not going as good as they could be. Stop and consider: These questions are to get you thinking about yourself. READ ALSO: Walking towards a better future ‘The Goulburn Story- The Making of a City’ takes you back in time If you answered these questions in a way that raises any concerns, you must seek help to get you back on track. So, who do you go to to talk with about how you are feeling and coping in the world? If you don’t have a “go-to”, there are plenty of services out there who can help. It never hurts to talk with someone else who might be able to help or guide you to others who can help. You can talk to your GP about your concerns or you can contact services that provide phone/video/face-to-face supports. There are many options available you just need to be willing to reach out for help. Gail Davies is the service manager for headspace Goulburn.

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3 Ways Great Leaders Have Evolved in the Wake of Covid-19

How leaders are recognizing this opportunity to open an entirely new trajectory in business.

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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Starting March 11, 2020, when the was declared by the (WHO) as a global pandemic, we quickly experienced a flurry of events thereafter, witnessing drastic changes not only take place on a worldwide scale but also in our own personal lives at home and in business as we had to adapt quickly to the “new normal”.

As we conformed to the new rules and retreated to the safety of our homes, it gave entrepreneurs a chance to sit with their own stark reality of what they’d created up until that point – what was working, what wasn’t working, what our strengths are. Suddenly unable to escape the truth with nowhere to run, for some, this was a confronting yet powerful opportunity in opening up an entirely new trajectory in business and impact, in a much more future-focused way.

1. Greater levels of clarity and purpose

There are people who choose to react to situations around them, and those who seek to observe and understand. Those who chose to observe and understand in recent circumstances have found that they have unlocked greater levels of clarity, wisdom, and purpose. It is not uncommon to see business owners this year going through a complete rebrand and restructure as their belief and value systems go through a complete upgrade to realign with the new world.

Related: Soledad O’Brien on How to Get the Most Out of Your Team

It is also becoming increasingly clear as to what is no longer functioning in the world in ways that are beneficial to humanity. It has become clear which industries need to be reshaped and rewritten in a way that is going to serve humanity in this next shift. It has become clear how we can individually do our part in making the world and internet a more humane place with what we know. Our unique gifts have stood out more than ever, with many finding and tapping into their zone of genius. This happens when we remove ourselves from all the external noise that had us dazed and confused for so long.

2. Being future-focused with technological advancements in mind

It’s now important for us to pay attention to how we can fit within the advancements of so we can thrive instead of simply survive. 

There are certain things in the world we can resist and fight with all of our will, but technology is not one of them, especially considering how much we have fueled and used these advancements over the past decade. As long as we have a deep of who we are on an inner-being level, we can integrate technology with business and our personal lives in a way that doesn’t jeopardize our mental and emotional well-being.

Related: Test, build, accelerate and scale: Meet the 4 cycles of Jeff Bezos

According to the , we are now in our fourth industrial revolution. Technologies such as , electric cars, and the scope of the internet is merging with the physical bodies and lives of humanity. We have seen this take place over the last decade, with fingerprint sensors, face recognition, and voice-activated assistants, all of which is data used to bring about the next phase of advancements and upgrades.

3. Business owners are adopting fresh new tactics

Many business owners are now deciding to build their own platforms to hold their communities and for educational purposes. With text-messaging platforms on the rise, we’re now seeing a rise in and closer one-to-one connections and customer relationships rather than a one-to-many connection like we’ve seen with over the past decade and a half. 

With many people in recent times taking extended breaks from social platforms, we can expect to see new advancements in ways that will support the needs of both the consumers changing needs, as well as entrepreneurs. 

Related: 5 Management Keys for Effective Virtual Leadership

Given that the most important part in creating success in business is tapping further and further into your zone of genius, this period has been a huge chance for many entrepreneurs to awaken to their gifts and talents, in ways they had never been aware of before. What we are now witnessing is all of the pieces of the puzzle come into play, with different entrepreneurs doing their individual part in creating a more stable, healthier and robust world, in ways that are all different to each other, but together cohesively as part of the bigger picture.

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Queensland leaders Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deb Frecklington formally launch their 2020 election campaigns

With just under two weeks left until election day, and early voting opening on Monday, Queensland’s Labor and LNP leaders have formally launched their election campaigns.

Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made her pitch at the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre in Beenleigh, focusing on jobs and her Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Across Brisbane, Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington launched the LNP’s election campaign at the Emporium Hotel in South Bank, emphasising the state’s unemployment rate.

Sunday’s launches served as one of the final opportunities for the Premier and Opposition Leader to make their pitch to Queenslanders before they head to pre-polling booths for early voting on Monday.

Labor to legalise voluntary assisted dying

Ms Palaszczuk promised major new investments in the health and education sectors, including the introduction of voluntary assisted dying legislation.

After draft legislation was deferred in May, the Premier on Sunday announced her commitment to legalise voluntary assisted dying if her Government was re-elected.

“I believe families should be empowered to consider all the options available,” Ms Palaszczuk told a crowd of rusted-on Labor voters.

“That’s why today I can commit that the government I lead will introduce legislation in February next year to provide for the legalisation of voluntary assisted dying.”

Ms Palaszczuk emphasised her party’s response to the pandemic, attributing the “secured health of the economy” to her tough border measures.

“The success of Queensland’s COVID-19 health response is widely recognised,” she said.

A woman in a red blazer speaks at a podium.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk speaks at the Queensland Labor election campaign launch.(AAP: Glenn Hunt)

Among an array of new funding commitments, the Premier announced plans to add 7,775 jobs to frontline health services and invest $889 million in public hospital upgrades.

The Premier also pledged a $171 million palliative care plan and promised to invest in “more nurses, resources and care for families confronting these profoundly complex journeys.”

‘The biggest investment in teachers in Qld’s history’

For the education sector, the Premier promised 6,100 new teachers and 1,100 teacher aides, describing it as “the single biggest investment in teachers in Queensland’s history”.

Labor pledged $100 million to put trained psychologists and guidance officers in schools, and a pilot program which would place general practitioners in schools across the state.

The Premier also expanded the free TAFE and apprenticeships program, pledging to provide Certificate 3 TAFE courses in 26 priority skills areas.

Under a Labor government, courses in agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, and early childhood education, will all be “100 per cent free of charge” for Queenslanders under the age of 25.

Free apprenticeships will be provided in the aviation, electrical and automotive sectors.

For the resources sector, the Premier reiterated her plan to have Queenslanders building Queensland trains. She announced an additional $40 million to deliver new hubs in advanced manufacturing.

Acknowledging the pressure and criticism she has faced over her tough border measures, the Premier said the Opposition had pressured her to open the borders 64 times.

“In this job, in moments of crisis, you don’t get a dress rehearsal,” she said.

“You don’t get the luxury of making the wrong decision once, let alone 64 times.”

The Premier walked off stage as the Tom Petty song I Won’t Back Down played.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles also referred to criticism of Labor’s border stance in his speech.

“Even when it felt like everyone was ganged up against us — the Prime Minister, Peter Dutton, Clive Palmer, Pauline Hanson, the LNP — every single one of them ganged up against us, but Annastacia Palaszczuk stood strong,” he said.

‘An election like no other in living memory’

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington’s launch reiterated the LNP’s previously announced big-ticket items.

These include the $1.1 billion stimulus in the form of a $300 registration rebate for Queensland drivers, the New Bradfield Scheme and plans to make the Bruce Highway four lanes.

Ms Frecklington promised a full budget would be delivered within 100 days of office, should her party win the election.

“The LNP’s plan is very clear and is fully costed,” she said.

A woman in a blue blazer smiles at a microphone with "LNP" sign behind her.
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said Queensland’s economy was in trouble “long before COVID”.(ABC News: Lucas Hill)

She thanked the Federal Liberal Government for its assistance in funding the planned M1 upgrade.

“We will also work with the Morrison Government to reach a $33 billion funding agreement,” she said.

Ms Frecklington spoke about the New Bradfield Scheme, which includes plans to build “Australia’s largest dam”.

A computer model of the dam was played to party faithfuls in a video, which detailed its capacity would be enough to fill 28 Sydney Harbours and power 800,000 homes.

Both Ms Frecklington and LNP deputy leader Tim Mander criticised Queensland’s unemployment rate, with Mr Mander calling it “very disturbing news.”

“We have the worst unemployment rate in the nation because we have the worst State Government in the nation.”

Ms Frecklington emphasised the LNP’s 5 per cent unemployment rate target.

She said the Queensland economy was “in trouble long before COVID”.

She said if elected, her party would implement four key foundations: “Investing for growth, unleashing the potential of Queensland industry, supercharging regional Queensland, and — very importantly — securing our children’s future.”

Major infrastructure projects in the Galilee Basin and the New Hope New Acland mine were also mentioned, along with the party’s pledge not to raise taxes.

“The LNP’s no new tax guarantee will help our economy grow again,” she said.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton attended the LNP’s launch, alongside former premier Rob Borbidge and previous LNP leader Tim Nicholls.

Speaking after the launch, Mr Nicholls told the media this was “an election like no other in living memory.”

Sunday’s events came as Queensland recorded zero new coronavirus cases, leaving four active cases.

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Trudeau talks Nagorno-Karabakh war with Armenian, Turkish leaders, calls for dialogue

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today he spoke with his Armenian counterpart Nikol Pashinyan this morning to express Canada’s concerns about the war in Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces that has raged on for weeks.

Speaking at a press conference in Ottawa, Trudeau said he told Pashinyan that “Canada will continue to work extremely hard with our allies to put an end to the violence.

“I encourage all sides to engage in dialogue to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict.”

A readout of the phone call released by the Armenian side said Pashinyan talked to Trudeau about what he called Turkey’s “destructive involvement in hostilities and the unacceptable aspiration to impose its influence in the South Caucasus.” Pashinyan also thanked Trudeau for suspending the export of military goods to Turkey.

Armenian authorities have accused Turkey of sending arms — including F-16 fighter jets and combat drones, military advisers and Syrian jihadist mercenaries — to Azerbaijan to fight against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkey and Azerbaijan deny these claims.

Two weeks ago, the Trudeau government suspended the export of sophisticated Canadian drone technology to Turkey while Ottawa investigates claims that it is being used by the Azerbaijani military against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Canada has also called on Turkey to stay out of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Trudeau said he would discuss the suspended export permits with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later in the day.

Turkey offended by freeze on drone tech exports

“I will express how important it is for Canada and for our allies around the world that there be a de-escalation of the violence in the region, and impress upon Turkey how important it is to encourage people to get back to the [negotiating] table and not continue to participate in the violent conflict ongoing right now,” Trudeau said.

A readout of the call between Trudeau and Erdogan released by the office of the Turkish president said “it is against the [NATO] alliance spirit for Canada to suspend the export of some military products to Turkey.”

Erdogan told Trudeau that the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict has escalated as a result of Armenian attacks.

“The fact that Nagorno-Karabakh has been under Armenia’s occupation for almost 30 years is the root cause of the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict,” Erdogan said.

Azerbaijan is conducting its “counter-operation” within its internationally-recognized borders and on its own territory, Erdogan added.

Canada and its NATO and European allies are increasingly worried about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which has the potential to draw the rest of the North Atlantic alliance into a military confrontation with Russia.

Speaking to reporters from the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius at the conclusion of his week-long European tour, Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne echoed Trudeau’s comments.

“When it comes to Nagorno-Karabakh, we want all external parties to stay out of this conflict,” Champagne said.

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