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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 Foodora. Along with Uber drivers, Airbnb hosts, Airtasker tradespeople and a multitude of others – they have become the face of the brave new online…

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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 the airwaves casting doubt and weaving mischief. Fronting the push from within Parliament is Tasmanian arch-conservative Eric Abetz, whose opposition to gay law reform has deep…

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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 bidder. In a remarkable intervention into the national debate that seems to combine the economic rationalism of Uncle Scrooge with the artistic sophistication of Les…

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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 amendment to section 17 of the Summary Offences Act 1966, unanimously passed by the Victorian Parliament, states that “behaviour that is indecent, offensive or insulting…

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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, Lonely Planet even claimed that Melbourne’s street art was now one of Australia’s biggest tourist attractions. So now comes the news that Melbourne will play…

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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 service providers with both positive and negative consequences, depending on where you sit in the chain. I’ve just returned from Berlin where the city has…