“Sold to us as part of a new, bright, libertarian future, part-time and contract work has begun to erode what were once considered standard benchmarks in workers’ pay and conditions.”
Decreasing rates of full-time employment have led to a new class of working poor, whose struggles are borne out by the state of their dental health.
“The court decision on the Warkworth challenge blew a big, permanent hole in claims mining companies could make for the economic benefits of their pits, specifically in relation to employment.”
The coal industry uses flawed economic models to persuade gullible governments to approve new mines and expansions, grossly inflating employment benefits and ignoring profitability questions.
Tory ranks divided over Brexit strategy; Daesh still a target; RAN submarine bids; Ugandan election arrest; literary notes from the Middle East.
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Nuclear not the only option
Well might Premier Jay Weatherill take his time to ponder the politics of selling the idea of a nuclear dump in South Australia (Max Opray, “Nuclear cloud”, February 20-26). That the case for …
Pritzker prizewinner Alejandro Aravena's social housing proves the value of architects to urban planning.
Can a detailed planner come to terms with the uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis and learn to live day to day?
A wander through the hushed gardens of Arashiyama, on Kyoto’s outskirts, recalls a visit to an art gallery.
Gronya Somerville on famous forebears and her love affair with badminton.
Crocodile. (Bonus point: René Lacoste.)
“I was completely unaware that in Australia there is a polarising social issue happening right now involving Indigenous people and alcohol.”
The singer apologises for suggesting he drank until he thought he was a black Australian. A further apology for his 1999 collaboration with Santana, Smooth, was not forthcoming.
“Nah, mate. At least I’m not a homophobe either, mate, so let’s just do the right thing here.”
The opposition leader rebukes Cory Bernardi, mate, who called Shorten a “fraud” over his support for the Safe Schools program. Mate.
“We are putting it on the record that as a parliament... we recognise that you were ill-treated, you were mistreated, you were embarrassed and shamed, and it was wrong.”
The NSW Liberal MP leads a parliamentary apology to the 53 people beaten and arrested by police after the first Mardi Gras.
“I am delighted to take over the role of chairman.”
The former treasurer takes over at Nine. The last time he was in charge of a number like that, it was his support in the party room.
“I will be blunt. In my view, there should be no specific Indigenous policy.”
The Liberal MP argues there should be no government support for remote communities and “the noble savage lifestyle, à la Jean-Jacques Rousseau”. He has also said there should be no policy for climate change, and cited Adolf Hitler in support.
“It wasn’t a generic blackface – she was pretending to be Kanye West. If she was pretending to be me, she’d stack on weight and grey hair and a grey beard. She was dressed as a character.”
The shock jock defends basketballer Alice Kunek, who wore blackface to a “Silly Sunday” party. For the record, Neil Mitchell is a generic dickface.