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Future of Work (ALERA Conference)

The following are the speaking notes for a speech given at the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association conference in Canberra in March 2018. === Thank you for the invitation today. Firstly, let me acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, and pay my respects to their elders both past and present. Two-worlds. …

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The dirty secret of opponents of penalty rates

With thanks to Rob Corr Recently, there has been a rush of business lobby groups from the retail and hospitality sectors talking about the terrible evils of weekend penalty rates. Not, let’s be clear, the penalty rates received by paramedics, nurses or fire fighters. No, the dastardly culprit is penalty rates received by the lowest …

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Criminal charge unprecedented attack on workplace safety

The trade union royal commission, in just three weeks, has attempted to unwind over a decade of work to improve the culture of safety at construction sites. Three years ago, the ACT Government released the Getting Home Safely report. The report was in the wake of three deaths on construction sites and a high number …

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Australia and sales of uranium to India

This article was first published on The Guardian. At the height of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, Japanese prime minister Nato Kan was faced with a decision: would he have to order the evacuation of Tokyo. “Three of the reactors also experienced hydrogen explosions, he said. “If this situation had exacerbated any further we …

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