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Balancing Act: Qantas reaps $1bn from taxpayers, but jobs, flights, fares all up in the air

Charging exorbitant prices for travellers stranded overseas while raking in record government subsidies. Qantas and Virgin are the quintessential cases...

A Guaranteed Job? Radical idea to combat automation, alienation gathers momentum

A maverick Liberal MP crossed the floor of a state parliament this year to vote for a Job Guarantee. Callum...

Coalition’s war on casual workers a harbinger for assault on permanent workers

The workplace abuses of the 18th and 19th centuries have returned under the guise of the gig economy. The Morrison...

Vintage year for the wealthy: COVID-19 widens gap between rich and poor

Executive bonuses inflated by JobKeeper, rising property and share prices, tax cuts for the wealthy. What's not to like about...

Bad Gig: industrial relations “reform” bill delivers flexibility … for employers

When about one-third of casuals work full-time hours, almost 60% have been with their employer for more than a year,...

Australia pays high price for megaphone diplomacy

The hysteria over the Victorian government’s MoU with China’s Belt and Road Initiative shows a disturbing lack of understanding of...

Assuming employers will lift wages in place of rise in superannuation levy is a triumph of hope over experience

The government sat on a report into the retirement income system for four months because it was so politically sensitive...

Reality Underemployed: time for truth in jobless figures

It is time the Australian Bureau of Statistics changed the way it reported unemployment figures, writes Alan Austin. Australia's real...

Westpac and its super arm BT gouge $8 billion from unsuspecting public

The super funds run by banks and financial institutions – many of them major Coalition donors – have been fleecing...

Doing a Bondy: Qld privatised Dalrymple Coal, now buys back when it’s too late

“You only get one Alan Bond in your lifetime, and I’ve had mine,” Kerry Packer once famously proclaimed, after selling...

Disarmament treaty drops bomb on super funds investing in nuclear weapons

Many superannuation funds exclude investment in “controversial weapons” but astoundingly this definition does not include nuclear weapons. However, this will...

Coal Deal in Distress: desperate Dalrymple’s dodgy debt dump

Brookfield's make-up artists are hard at work. They’ve taken “coal” out of the title, hired every broker in town to...



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