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                                                                              LOCAL NEWS                                                                                                9
                                                                                                                                                          IN BRIEF


   Fair Pay explained
     Commission
                                                                                                                                                       Amendments
                                                                                                                                                       toughen sex laws
                                                                                                                                                       SEX offenders who breached
                                                                                                                                                       conditions on their release
                                                                                                                                                       could go back to jail for two
                                                                                                                                                       years under proposed laws.
                                                                                                                                                         The Queensland
                                                                                                                                                       Government introduced
   chairman visits                                                                                                                                     proposed amendments to the
                                                                                                                                                       Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual
   Springfield as                                                                                                                                      Offenders) Act 2003 to State
                                                                                                                                                       Parliament yesterday   .
                                                                                                                                                       Attorney-General Kerry
   guest speaker                                                                                                                                       Shine said the proposed
                                                                                                                                                       amendments would mean
                                                                                                                                                       released sex offenders could
              Yvonne                                                                                                                                   be returned to jail for up to
                                                                                                                                                       two years if they breached
              GARDINER                                                                                                                                 mandatory conditions placed
              ygardiner@qt.com.au                                                                                                                      on their release.

                                                                                                                                                       Cafe celebrates
   ABOUT 50 more people in
   Ipswich know more about the                                                                                                                         coffee win
   Australian Fair Pay Commission                                                                                                                      BRASSALL Shopping
   (AFPC), thanks to a talk by its                                                                                                                     Centre’s Michel’s Patisserie
   chairman Professor Ian Harper                                                                                                                       has been awarded the number
   at Springfield’s Education City                                                                                                                     one overall coffee chain by
   last night.                                                                                                                                         BIS Shrapnel, and also the
     Prof Harper spoke about the                                                                                                                       Golden Bean Coffee Roaster
   commission’s public outreach                                                                                                                        competition for best Espresso.
   program, its functions and                                                                                                                            To celebrate Michel’s
   decisions, and its future.                                                                                                                          Patisserie will hold “Free
     The AFPC has received 62                                                                                                                          Coffee Time” on Friday. From
   submissions during its minimum                                                                                                                      1pm to 3pm free coffee will be
   wage review this year.                                                                                                                              available at the kiosk.
     It is expected to make a            VIP VISIT: Chairman of the Australian Fair Pay Commission, Professor Ian Harper, at Springfield yesterday,
   decision mid-year on the wage
   that affects 1.2 million
                                         builds up public awareness in the system that sets minimum wages.           Photo: Yvonne Gardiner AP1707YA   Project focuses
   Australians or 10 per cent of the        “And the Fair Pay Commission     he said.                              earning up to $700 a week, and      on depression
   workforce.                            is a bit like that.                   “None of us is answerable to        $22.04 a week for workers
                                                                                                                                                       AUSTRALIAN Red Cross and
     “I’m here to encourage all             “What’s new in the Fair Pay      the Minister, let alone the Prime     earning $700 and above.
                                                                                                                                                       beyondblue: the national
   Australians to take an interest in    Commission is the consultative      Minister.”                              Prof Harper was the first guest
                                                                                                                                                       depression initiative, will
   this process,” Prof Harper said       approach.                             Prof Harper met on Monday           in Education City’s
                                                                                                                                                       begin a groundbreaking
   before his public talk.                  “The emphasis in the work of     with the ACTU and other               “Distinguished Guest Speaker
                                                                                                                                                       mental health project
     “One of the strengths of this       the commission is on public         stakeholders.                         Series” for 2007.
                                                                                                                                                       targeting young people in
   system is that commissioners are      consultation and research. In         A small group of union                Education City’s partnerships
                                                                                                                                                       drought affected areas across
   required by law to go out and         that sense, it’s like the Reserve   members staged a protest              director Thomas Schroder said
                                                                                                                                                       Queensland, NSW and
   talk to people.”                      Bank.”                              outside Education City yesterday      the series had been developed to
                                                                                                                                                       Victoria. The project will
     Prof Harper said his visit was         Prof Harper stressed that the    to highlight the “unfairness” of      give businesses, professionals
                                                                                                                                                       train young people to provide
   “public awareness raising”.           AFPC was an independent             the AFPC.                             and students the opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                       support to peers who may be
     “(Education City) is a new          statutory authority.                  The AFPC’s 2006 decision was        hear from some of Australia’s
                                                                                                                                                       experiencing depression,
   institution – it’s a new                 “The Commission doesn’t take     to increase the minimum wage          academic, Government and
                                                                                                                                                       anxiety or other mental
   framework,” he said.                  its instructions from anybody,”     by $27.36 a week for people           corporate leaders.
                                                                                                                                                       health problems.




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