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Death threats and smear campaigns, the lot of a whistleblower

02 April 2017 | SMH

The culture of "don't dob in a mate" strikes at the heart of our poor treatment of whistleblowers. From an early age we are told to keep quiet and avoid the stigma of being a snitch or a troublemaker.


Cashless Card Extended, Despite Unhappy 49 Per cent

30 March 2017 | Sam Richards

Ceduna residents on welfare will continue to receive 80 per cent of their payments on cashless cards, despite 49 per cent of recipients saying it makes their life worse.

The cashless card, also being trialled in WA, can’t be used to withdraw physical cash and can’t be used at outlets such as bottle shops or gambling houses.


Federal government picks fight with super industry

29 March 2017 | SMH

A fierce fight looks likely between the federal government and the $2 trillion superannuation industry over a plan to overhaul the default superannuation system.


Bronwyn Bishop rails against socialists while collecting a $250k pension from taxpayers

29 March 2017 | The Age

Consider this: since Bronwyn Bishop finally left the federal Parliament nine months ago – kicking and screaming after being rolled by her own party – Australian taxpayers have paid her nearly $200,000.


Markets may regret not giving a damn about Article 50

29 March 2017 | AFR

For European politicians, desperate to downplay the impact of Britain's breach with the single market, the market reaction could not have been more satisfactory.



Turnbull government warns Fair Work Commission against 'excessive' minimum wage rise

29 March 2017 | The Age

The Turnbull government has urged the Fair Work Commission to take a cautious approach to raising the minimum wage, warning an "excessive" pay rise could imperil job creation in a changing economy.


Public housing in crisis as available stock dwindles

28 March 2017 | Kelly Hughes

A report by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute revealed Australia’s public housing supply decreased by 4.1 per cent in the last fifteen years despite a surge in demand.

Australian government bodies like Government Property NSW have privatised the sale of public housing stock, auctioning off more than $1 billion worth of property since 2011.


'They could not recover any of my money': millions wait for their superannuation

27 March 2017 | SMH

Nicole Miller is owed more than $6000 in superannuation from her former employer, PR agency Kreab Gavin Anderson.


Donald Trump's next job: avoid government shutdown

27 March 2017 | AFR

US President Donald Trump is trying to revive his presidency after the healthcare debacle, but before nailing tax reform he will need to avert a government shutdown.

The potential for a government closure is not high on the radar of Wall Street, but is a sleeper issue in the Washington Beltway.

 


Tony Shepherd takes aim at baby boomers

26 March 2017 | AFR

Tony Shepherd has lashed out at his own baby boomer generation's entitlement mentality, saying continued failure to address looming problems caused by the ageing population will ultimately erode the living standards of younger Australians.




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