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Amazon’s checkout-free move sounds warning on jobs

In a prescient indicator of the future of retail, Amazon this week opened its first Amazon Go store in its home town of Seattle, an 167-square-metre grocery store that requires no … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

It ain’t Bondi but Melbourne’s beaches have their own charm

Melbourne has a love/hate relationship with its beaches. As a recent exile from the northside back to the southside of Melbourne, I’m tired of hearing people putting down St Kilda beach … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hey Apple, hands off Fed Square

The news that Federation Square will be the likely new home for an Apple megastore should be a wake-up call to Melburnians to protect one of our city’s most loved and frequented public … Continue reading

November 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

App employment not an easy gig

Every night around dinner time they come – rain, hail or shine – an army of bicycle-riding food couriers taking orders from online apps including Deliveroo and its Australian competitor … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

I was surprised to learn my career is actually a ”lifestyle choice”

We appear to have reached the point in Australia where pursuing a creative career is considered a “lifestyle choice”. One that won’t lead to satisfactory career or economic outcomes, and is … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Eric Abetz’s unyielding opposition to gay law reform

Even as the Labor Party appears to have blunted the chances of the proposed plebiscite into gay marriage this week, the most vociferous opponents of gay marriage have been hitting … Continue reading

October 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

James Paterson vs Blue Poles

What price can we attach to art? According to Victorian Senator James Paterson, art and culture are only of value to Australians when it is sold off to the highest … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Mooning laws are, well, un-Australian

“Keep it in your pants” is an expression that will soon take on new relevance when Victoria officially outlaws mooning and streaking in an update to the state’s penal code. The new … Continue reading

September 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Banksy street art exhibition is ridiculous

Melbourne loves its street art. We know that from the regularity our stencil-adorned laneways are used to promote the city in tourism ads and fashion spreads. Not so long ago, … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tax Airbnb hosts to provide affordable housing

We live in a world where technology is disrupting old business models. Whether it be Uber, Deliveroo or Airbnb – the web has broken down the layers between consumers and … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

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