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Protection Racket: Digital Media Code a farce as Google and Facebook not “designated”

Protection Racket: Digital Media Code a farce as Google and Facebook not “designated”

Google and Facebook are yet to be “designated” under the Digital Media Bargaining Code, leaving the Code a farce rather than the touted “world-first reform”. Pressure on the platforms meant a small transfer of money from them to the old media allies of the Government such as News Corp and Nine but the essential challenge of reforms to the “surveillance capitalism” giants remains unaddressed. Kim Wingerei reports.

Aged Care fail – and now a Budget bonanza for Home Care freeloaders

Aged Care fail – and now a Budget bonanza for Home Care freeloaders

The highest level of home care support costs $52,000. This $1000 a week buys, on average, less than nine hours of support. There’s plenty of skimming going on by aged care providers, some of whom are the nation’s biggest corporatised charities. With the budget expected to boost the number of home care packages without demanding any oversight, providers will be rubbing their hands with glee. Dr Sarah Russell reports.

Numbers can lie: the science behind opinion polls

Numbers can lie: the science behind opinion polls

Opinion polls are given far too much importance, particularly given their methodology is not transparent; their language can shape answers; and only a small percentage of those who are contacted respond. Yet polls may also independently shape voting choices. Michael Tanner reports.

Clear as mud: gig workers’ rights versus  Uber, Deliveroo, Ola and Menulog fight for flexibility

Clear as mud: gig workers’ rights versus Uber, Deliveroo, Ola and Menulog fight for flexibility

Menulog won plaudits for its promise to trial an “employment model”, yet in the wake of the Senate inquiry the battle to find consensus over what constitutes fair work in the gig economy remains in full swing. Workers – or “partners” as Uber calls them – still earn less than the minimum wage for employees not covered by an award or registered agreement and they receive no benefits or legal protections. Luke Stacey reports.

State of Surveillance: Online Safety Bill captures the bad stuff but Commissioner’s powers too broad

State of Surveillance: Online Safety Bill captures the bad stuff but Commissioner’s powers too broad

The Online Safety Bill, if passed in its current form, could further undermine political accountability by ensuring footage of police violence or human rights abuses, for example, is taken down. That the government is not listening to concerns about the bill’s wide powers suggests some of the consequences may be intended. Samantha Floreani reports.

Local arts and film jilted in favour of foreign streaming majors Foxtel, Netflix, and Nine’s Stan

Local arts and film jilted in favour of foreign streaming majors Foxtel, Netflix, and Nine’s Stan

Another kick in the guts for the local screen industry as Stan, owned by Nine Entertainment, chaired by Liberal Party stalwart Peter Costello, is exempted from local content rules and foreign streaming giants such as Netflix are structured to skirt them too. As for the Coalition’s supposed rescue package for small players it is simply Kafkaesque and designed to fail. Elizabeth Minter reports.

Aged care giants extort government for funding hike, threaten campaign in marginal seats

Aged care giants extort government for funding hike, threaten campaign in marginal seats

Australia’s biggest private and corporatised charities in aged care are threatening the government with a political campaign if they don’t get more money, on top of the $21 billion in government funding they get already. Throwing money at large providers has not worked, write Elizabeth Minter and Dr Sarah Russell, in a call for greater transparency and significant reform for the sector.

‘Not suitable’: where to now for James Packer and Crown’s other casinos?

‘Not suitable’: where to now for James Packer and Crown’s other casinos?

The Packer directors are gone. Guy Jalland and Michael Johnston have left the Crown Resorts board in the wake of dramatic findings of the Bergin Report. Chair Helen Coonan and others will remain under pressure. After all, they are responsible, they are the directors, and Justice Bergin found Crown was not suitable to run a casino. So, what’s next, asks Charles Livingstone?

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