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Donald Trump says 'going to go it alone' if China won't help on N. Korea nukes

12 April 2017 | AFR

US President Donald Trump says the US is prepared to tackle the crisis surrounding North Korea without China if necessary.

The president made the comments on Wednesday (Thursday AEDT) at a joint news conference with visiting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping last week and spoke to him by phone on Wednesday night.





One-third of Australians are being underpaid superannuation

11 April 2017 | Guardian Australia

One-third of eligible workers in Australia are being underpaid superannuation by their employers, or not being paid super at all.

The average underpayment is worth $2,025 a person each year, and more than 2.7 million workers are affected.


Almost half of all Centrelink robo-debt cases sent to private debt collectors

11 April 2017 | Guardian Australia

Centrelink has used private debt collectors to pursue 43% of the debts raised by its controversial “robo-debt” system, a rate vastly higher than normal.

New figures show 56,504 of the 132,764 debts raised by the system between July and March were handed to two firms contracted by the Department of Human Services – Probe Group and Dun & Bradstreet.


'I won't be doing this forever': the barista with a Masters is a complex problem

11 April 2017 | The Age

I was buying a coffee before work, when the barista looked straight at me and blurted out in an alarmed and defensive voice: "I'm only here until I can get a teaching job. Honestly, I won't be doing this forever." Why was she telling me this? Why was she making such a loud and public declaration about her future life? Another customers scowled at me as if I were some kind of agent-inquisitor from the Gen Y thought-police. What the hell?


Scott Morrison makes the case for negative gearing change

11 April 2017 | The Age

It's hard to decide which was more impressive: the case Treasurer Scott Morrison made to the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute for changing our negative gearing rules, or the contortions he subsequently performed to deny any need for changing negative gearing. 


Wells Fargo sets new standard in forcing bankers to cough up

11 April 2017 | AFR

Wells Fargo used to be the exemplar of a what a successful retail bank should look like, with financiers around the world marvelling at its ability to expand its market share by aggressively "cross-selling" its range of banking products.

Now it's become the gauge for the type of penalties bankers can expect to pay for misbehaviour.





I looked at hundreds of millennials' CVs and this is what I learned

10 April 2017 | ABC

Over the last month and a bit, I've been recruiting. In February, RN advertised for six digital producers. Two of them were on my team, and I received more than 260 applications.

"Digital producer" could mean a lot of things, but for us it meant journalists with multimedia skills — and virtually everyone who applied was between 18 and 30.

 


Private hearings ‘a risk to ICAC’s existence’

10 April 2017 | The Australian

Gary Sturgess, the architect of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, has warned that making hearings private would bring its future into question, but says there is widespread support for measures to limit damage to reputations arising from its hearings.


May budget: Axe hovers over government's $648.5 million work-for-the-dole program

10 April 2017 | SMH

The Turnbull government's powerful expenditure review committee has discussed axing one of Tony Abbott's first major policy achievements, the work-for-the-dole program.

But a group of backbench MPs have lobbied Treasurer Scott Morrison as part of a rearguard action to save it, with one describing work for the dole as "red meat for the base" and warning that axing it would infuriate the party's conservative supporters.


Too many stuff-ups about to put economic reform into reverse

10 April 2017 | The Age

I have bad news and worse for advocates of micro-economic reform. First, the jig is up. There'll be few if any further major reforms. Second, the backlash against mounting wreckage from failed reforms is about to begin.

Since the reform push has degenerated into little more than business rent-seeking – let's cut tax on business and increase it on consumers; let's push the legislated balance of power in industrial relations further in favour of employers – it's neither surprising nor regrettable that voters have called a halt.


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