Race discrimination commissioner warns Australian partner visa changes could ‘segregate’ marriages

Australia’s race discrimination commissioner has urged the federal government to consult with key community stakeholders on a new English language requirement for partner visas, warning it could serve to “segregate” migrant couples. 

Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan on Tuesday said the inclusion of the requirement in last week’s federal budget came as a surprise to those leaders in the multicultural sector. 

The peak body for migration agents in Australia, the Migration Institute of Australia, has also told SBS News it received no prior warning. 

Commissioner Tan said the requirement has led to “justifiable concern” among the community. 

“I support a government position that promotes and encourages all migrants to Australia to acquire English,” he said.

“But where there is a policy that enforces and sanctions the rights of partners under the Partners Visa to remain in Australia based on their English proficiency, then that requirement may be unfair and may

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Better Business Bureau warns consumers of ‘going out of business’ online shopping scam

DETROIT – The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about an online shopping scam involving “going out of business” advertisements.

Melanie Duquesnel, president of the Better Business Bureau serving Eastern Michigan, said the difficulty they’re finding is that clients are not getting the product but yet they’re getting charged for it.

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“Just because an advertisement is on Facebook doesn’t mean that it’s a 100% trustworthy business,” Duquesnel said.

The BBB recommends doing your research before you buy anything online, search a company to see if others have complained, look up reviews and always pay with a credit card, that way if there is a problem you can dispute the charges.

With more people buying cars, RVs and boats online, the BBB says vehicle shipper and escrow scams are going up.

According to the BBB,

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Australia central bank warns of business failures as property vacancies rise

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Business failures in Australia are likely to rise with commercial property seen among the hardest hit sectors as a shift to work-from-home arrangements empties offices and major retail precincts, the central bank said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: A businessman walks past the headquarters of Australia’s Reserve Bank in Sydney, November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) said the outlook for commercial property means banks’ impairment rates will likely climb from current low levels while some indebted landlords will find it difficult to meet their debt repayments.

Risks appear highest for retail commercial property, the RBA noted, while adding there was still a high degree of uncertainty about the magnitude and timing of business failures in the country.

Australia has been lauded for its success globally to curb the spread of the coronavirus and open its economy earlier-than-expected though with domestic and international borders

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Trump warns Biden’s tax plan would sink US economy into ‘depression’

If elected, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would repeal President Trump’s tax cuts and raise taxes by the “largest percentage” in the country’s history, the president warned Thursday night.

“He wants to take all that away,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity during an exclusive “Hannity” phone interview with less than a month to go before Election Day.

“So therefore, if you do nothing else, you’re raising taxes by the largest percentage in the history of our country. If … he terminated my tax cuts, which is one of the reasons that our economy has done so great even now in this pandemic. … But he’s looking to do big, big tax cuts, big, big tax increases, like at a level that’s never been seen.”

Trump said Biden’s tax plans would be a “disaster” and would put the country into

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