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News June 09, 2018
Mitch Fifield, the IPA and the ABC
Consistent attacks against the ABC by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield point to a man on a mission to destroy the independent authority of the national broadcaster.
News May 26, 2018
Small business at the banks royal commission
The small business testimonies to the banking royal commission revealed a more nuanced area of questionable practices, but one that still turns up stories of personal hardship.
News June 02, 2018
Privatisation by stealth
With Serco handed the contract for Centrelink’s call centre, and the NDIS saddled with inexperienced labour hire staff, the government is privatising the public service by stealth.
News May 19, 2018
The final challenge to religious chaplains
After two High Court decisions, the fight against federal funding for religious-only school chaplains is set to end with a test case on state anti-discrimination law.
News May 12, 2018
The truth about wage stagnation
While the government trumpets its jobs figures, it refuses to engage with wage stagnation. The truth is, nobody knows by what formula wages will go up again.
News May 05, 2018
Inside the ‘just add people’ dogma
Successive governments have maintained high levels of immigration to stoke the economy. The argument against this is growing, bringing together odd bedfellows.
News April 28, 2018
Judging politics by Centrelink’s rules
The treatment of politicians who fail to properly report their personal circumstances is markedly different to the draconian system imposed on the poor.
News April 21, 2018
The rise of homelessness and hunger
While the government remains focused on neoliberal solutions to inequality, homelessness and hunger worsen. Some in the sector wonder whether it is deliberate.
News April 14, 2018
Wage theft and migrant workers
Gross underpayment of Australia’s migrant workforce has become institutionalised in a variety of industries, and with the Fair Work Ombudsman under-resourced and unions kept at bay, the government appears unwilling to address the problem.
News April 07, 2018
Turnbull and the boomer racket
Malcolm Turnbull is promising his next budget will be a pitch to the boomer generation, serving only to deepen intergenerational inequality.
News March 31, 2018
Gap not closing on Indigenous disadvantage
The government’s assessment of Indigenous disadvantage ignores how far behind remote communities are compared with cities, and how top-down policy-making reinforces economic disparities.
News March 24, 2018
Behind Dutton’s ‘white farmers’ untruths
Aided by enthusiasm in the Murdoch press, Peter Dutton’s concern for white South African farmers shows a minister detached from facts.