Fifield appoints Minerals Council chair to ABC board 

By Crikey

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield finally announced two new appointments to the ABC board yesterday, as there had been two empty chairs since June last year. In a nod to “gender and geographic diversity” both the directors appointed were women, one from Western Australia and the other from Queensland. Eyebrows were raised at the appointment of […]

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Fair Work has failed us

By Crikey

On the penalty rates cut Les Heimann writes: Re. “Nuance won’t cut it on penalty rates onslaught” (February 24) The decision by Fair Work (what a misnomer) to reduce penalty rates appears to break the rules that Fair Work operates under. It is my understanding that no decision by any party ,i.e. unions, employers or Fair […]

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WA election micro-party form guide: the ultra-marginal and just plain weird 

By Charlie Lewis

From Fluoride Free WA to the party still determined to make daylight savings happen, here are the micro-parties hoping to win Sandgropers’ hearts (and votes).

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Mayne: can the mayor seize control of Melbourne City Council through the courts?

By Stephen Mayne

The delay in selecting an 11th councillor is already influencing decisions at City of Melbourne because it has temporarily given Team Doyle majority control.

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Australia, 2017: bureaucrats who see citizens as enemies 

By Bernard Keane

The use of a citizen’s personal information by a vengeful public service department, in cooperation with the media, is a new low for a government seemingly committed to collecting and exploiting our data.

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