The sun broke through with calmer winds than seen all week to reveal a picturesque Henley-on-Thames for the Henley Royal Regatta Finals. Australian athletes claimed The Stewards’ Challenge Cup, The Double Sculls Challenge Cup, The Hambleden Pairs Challenge Cup and The Prince Phillip Challenge Trophy at the 2022 Regatta.
Australia will defend their race record in the Grand Challenge Cup and the Remenham Challenge Cups tomorrow, as both Men’s and Women’s Eights fielded by the Reinhold Batschi Men’s National Training Centre and Hancock Prospecting Women’s National Training Centre won their Semi-Finals in the Henley Royal Regatta today. Australia will field athletes in nine crews in the finals tomorrow, including the Men’s Four in The Stewards Challenge Cup, a straight final between Rowing Australia and the British Four – the first time the two have battled since their showdown in Tokyo last year.
Mr Dutton’s first foray into policy reform in opposition – proposing a doubling in the amount of money age pensioners can earn before their pensions are cut – gained traction immediately. In a time of severe skills and labour shortages, it would benefit the economy as well as the pensioners keen to work and earn.
Australia has half a million jobs up for grabs but is finding it near impossible to fill most of them. The Prime Minister’s $5.4b plan to make child care cheaper for families also forms a central part of his strategy to address the skills shortage. But Mr Albanese is also facing calls to encourage pensioners to return to the workforce. New Liberal leader Peter Dutton has pressed the Albanese Government to allow pensioners to earn more money without seeing their pensions being cut back — borrowing an idea championed by WA mining magnate Gina Rinehart and rejected by the Coalition. Currently pensioners can earn $300 a fortnight before their pension payments are reduced, but Mr Dutton wants the income threshold to be increased to $600.
Ian Henschke discusses mobilising pensioners to assist with ongoing detrimental workforce shortages.