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The dirty secret of opponents of penalty rates

This blog post is 4 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.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, …

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Is this the future of unions?

This blog post is 6 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.There is a tide starting to rise in the world of progressive activism, and unions in Australia and globally may get caught in it. The tide is comprised of decentralised, leaderless, temporary movements, empowered by online organising platforms like MoveOn, …

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Abbott’s corporate-change plans for Australia

This blog post is 6 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.Tony Abbott and his gang of extremist conservative ministers have wasted little time unpicking the century-old social compact in Australia. They’re targeting education, health care, penalty rates, our international obligations, antagonising our neighbours, trashing our natural heritage and violating long-standing …

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Should Australian progressives pay attention to George Lakoff?

This blog post is 6 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.We live in a post-fact world. I assert this for two reasons. Firstly, because it crystallises the conservative approach to public discourse, which is largely exemplified by lying, lying loudly and lying often. Secondly, because increasing scientific research demonstrates that …

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