“Mistakes” not an excuse for wage theft

Whenever an incident of wage theft is publicised, we always hear the business lobby screech that the union movement’s proposed criminalisation of wage theft will “discourage entrepreneurship” or some other nonse argument. Of course, this ignores that businesses are required to exercise due diligence when doing basically any other transaction – so why not wages?

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Why we can’t take Mina Zaki at her word on her dual citizenship

Mina Zaki, Liberal candidate for the federal seat of Canberra, may or may not be an Afghani dual citizen. We don’t know for sure because Zaki left a key piece of documentation off of her disclosure with the AEC. Here’s why she should, despite her objections, tell us more.

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Death and Pestilence: Three Days In The Life Of Malcolm Turnbull

To suggest that Malcolm Turnbull’s week has started badly would be an understatement. After arrogantly suggesting that the Super Saturday by-elections would be “close”, now he has to deal with a corruption scandal many months in the making and yet another thorn in the side of his Government’s offshore processing policy. And it’s only Tuesday.

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Sex ban is a band-aid solution, corruption ban would be a cure

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today announced that the ministerial code of conduct will be amended to explicitly prohibit sexual relations between Ministers and their staff. The problem? It doesn’t actually fix the problem that the people have with Joyce.

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Zed Seselja ignores democratic mandate his party manufactured

April 14, 2019: Updates for clarity and removing errors

The proposed second stage of the light rail system in Canberra has a snag – it’s passing through land reserved to the Federal Government – and traitorous senator Zed Seselja really wants you to know that.

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Pessimism–a short rant

Originally from my Facebook, May 2017.

Gee, I can’t imagine why this generation is so pessimistic. It’s not like this generation is constantly being lectured about how privileged we are by a generation who (to use a sweeping generalisation) abuse negative gearing, own all the media, sell our natural resources tax-free, pollute our atmosphere, ship our tertiary-industry jobs to primary-industry cities (APVMA) and complain that we aren’t generous enough, cut penalty rates during a period of record profit, plant sycophants in our public institutions, cut their own taxes with whatever money they have left that would normally be taxed being shipped off to George Town, and now they are legitimately confused as to why we don’t want university fees to rise by 7.5% when their fees were – quite literally, without exaggeration or hyperbole – 100% lower than this generation’s.

But no, unlike those oppressed millionaires who just want a bit of relief, we’re the overly privileged paleo-pear-and-banana-bread slamming, parent’s-house-dwelling, dole bludging, 2-PC-4-me Generation Y.