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Uber Xploitation: Uber’s secret settlement presages a wave of lawsuits

Uber Xploitation: Uber’s secret settlement presages a wave of lawsuits

​The Government’s fetish for deregulation play right into the hands of predatory multinationals Uber and Deliveroo which exploit both Australia’s tax and labour laws to siphon profits overseas. Michael West and Callum Foote report on Uber’s exploitation and the prospective tsunami of lawsuits rolling its way.

Lobbyland: ten lobbyists for every MP has democracy on life support

Lobbyland: ten lobbyists for every MP has democracy on life support

The resources industry donated $136.8 million over two decades to Australian political parties. Donations buy a lot of influence, with research showing that for every US$1 spent, the return on investment can be as high as US$220. In return, public policy is moulded to suit the interests of the highest corporate bidders and their lobbyists. Adam Lucas investigates.

Inside Australia’s Secret Rich List

Inside Australia’s Secret Rich List

Have Australia’s wealthiest old families bought off the political process? Despite myriad attempts over the years to repeal the cosy “grandfathering” exemption, the billionaires are still permitted – like no other Australians – to keep their companies “dark”. Today Michael West Media unveils the first in a series of investigations by Luke Stacy and Stephanie Tran involving more than 5,000 corporate searches to find the people and the labyrinthine structures behind the Secret Rich List. Luke Stacey and Michael West report.

A Barilaro Affair: how the Barilaros ended up with the Clubhouse when the Club went under

A Barilaro Affair: how the Barilaros ended up with the Clubhouse when the Club went under

Without the knowledge of its members, Queanbeyan’s Marco Polo Social Club was sold to a company controlled by NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s father Domenico. Domenico was president of the Social Club, an institution of the Italian community. The new owners introduced tough financial conditions and eventually the members had to give up their rights, and the property was later sold to an associate of the Barilaros in 2004. Callum Foote reports.

No strings attached: aged care providers have the Coalition wrapped around their little fingers

No strings attached: aged care providers have the Coalition wrapped around their little fingers

Locking out visitors has made it difficult for staff to meet the daily care needs of aged care residents. What an indictment on aged care providers. They receive billions a year in funding, yet rely on the unpaid work of residents’ family and friends and volunteers. Surely it is time for complete accountability for their government funding, writes Dr Sarah Russell.

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