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Friday, Dec 8


Life has been getting better in 2017

Australia's collective wellbeing has improved but not everything is moving in the right direction

Wednesday, Dec 6


ACCC sues Voltaren makers GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis for misleading consumers

Two global pharma giants have been taken to court for allegedly misleading osteoarthritis sufferers into paying more for a "more effective" product that offers "targeted relief", when this was not the case.

Tuesday, Dec 5


Fair Work Commission sets February date for hearing of super union merger

The Fair Work Commission will conduct a hearing in early February to decide if the national construction and maritime unions can merge, giving the federal government little time to block the new super union.


AAMI, Suncorp suspend online insurance quote feature over burglary fears

One of Australia's largest home and contents insurers has suspended a new online feature that made private details about the security of peoples' homes publicly accessible, including whether monitored alarm systems were installed on their…

Monday, Dec 4


Businesses warned against sponsoring union picnic day

Businesses have been warned it could be illegal for them to sponsor the donkey ride, sausage sizzle, climbing wall, children's face painting, the petting zoo or toy train at a family picnic day organised by trade unions.


Gold, water and platinum: Australians lead the way towards asteroid mining boom

Australia will have asteroid mining before we have people living on Mars, according to leading Australian scientists. And Australian National University astrophysicist Brad Tucker says the incentive is simple. "You know why? Because there…

Sunday, Dec 3

Winklevoss twins become first bitcoin billionaires

The twin brothers who sued Mark Zuckerberg claiming he stole the idea for Facebook are worth more than $1 billion after capitalising on the astonishing rise in bitcoin. A $US11 million ($14 million) bet on bitcoin made by Tyler and Cameron…

Friday, Dec 1


Despite Weinstein, Burke and more, little has changed inside the ordinary workplace

High-profile cases have attracted massive public attention but not much has changed inside the average Australian office.

Wednesday, Nov 29


Bank workers want a royal commission to clean up 'toxic' culture

Bank employees have called for a royal commission to restore the public's confidence in the sector.


Worse than worst case: Keen pollies, poor planning blow billions on infrastructure

The sad reality of our major road infrastructure projects is that most of them run wildly over budget. A sadder reality is that governments appear unable to learn from past mistakes.

Tuesday, Nov 28


'Basis for divorce' - super union won't pay CFMEU's fines

The prenuptial agreement governing the marriage of the nation's militant construction and maritime unions will preclude the sharing of legacy multimillion dollar legal fines that may eventuate from the building union's court battles.

New class action for underpaid workers aims to recover more than $100 million

A national class action will be launched on behalf of thousands of Australians who have been allegedly paid well below the legal minimum wage for door-to-door sales and charity fundraising.

Monday, Nov 27


Bali flights resume after Mount Agung eruptions cause cancellations

Flights between Australia and Bali resumed on Sunday after eruptions from Bali's Mt Agung volcano grounded flights on Saturday, inundating nearby villages with ash.

Friday, Nov 24


Freakonomics co-author Steven Levitt on why the US will never get rid of guns

Steven Levitt, the co-author of bestselling novel Freakonomics, talks about gun violence, tax reform and terrorism.

Thursday, Nov 23


Markets Live: ASX slips below 6000

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Shares slip in early trade with distaste for banking stocks failing to outweigh appetite for resources. with the ASX 200 slumping just below 6000 points.

Wednesday, Nov 22


Streets factory workers vote to end public ice-cream boycott

Streets factory workers have voted to end to a public boycott of the brand's ice creams after employees forged an agreement for better working conditions with its multinational owners.


Woolworths workers win big wage rises, farm supply chain gets overhauled

Thousands of Woolworths warehouse workers have won substantial wage increases, defying the recent trend of sickly wages growth, by using the old-fashioned method of threatening a pre-Christmas strike.


Markets Live: Miners lead ASX higher

Resources names lead a broad rally on the ASX, as investors dump Webjet after an updated earnings guidance.

Tuesday, Nov 21


Markets Live: Small ASX names have big impact

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The ASX regains some of its mojo to end the day near session highs, as some of the smaller ASX names help move the sharemarket dial.

Monday, Nov 20


International student sacked for asking for legal hours and rates of pay

The first time international student Amy (not her real name) was sacked from a job was when she was too busy with her studies to work more than 20 hours per week as required by her boss late last year.


Shopping made easier for people with autism as Coles introduces ‘Quiet Hour’

To help shoppers who find the heightened sensory environment of a supermarket - the constant music, beeping scanners, bright lights and all - to be challenging, a low-sensory shopping experience designed to be easy on the eyes and ears…


Markets Live: ASX, $A under pressure

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Shares suffer another tough start to the week, but recover most of their steep early losses, while the Aussie dollar trades at a five-month low.

Friday, Nov 17

Markets Live: Commodities weigh on ASX

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Shares end the week lower despite an upbeat couple of final sessions, with worries around commodity prices, US tax reform and the sustainability of the ASX's recent rally weighing.


Australia’s workforce still highly segregated by gender: WGEA report

Sally Snow had dreams of becoming a ballerina, but her love of maths and father's influence led to her becoming a racetrack bookie.

Thursday, Nov 16


Markets Live: Banks lead ASX recovery

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Buying in the big banks and energy stocks help the ASX snap a four-day losing streak, amid a busy day of annual meetings and after the jobless rate dropped to a near five-year low.

Wednesday, Nov 15


Markets Live: 'Yes' to SSM, 'No' to ASX

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No joy for Aussie shares as the ASX trades in the red for a fourth straight session, with materials stocks leading the losses amid a mini metals melt-down.

Tuesday, Nov 14


Markets Live: Woodside whacks ASX

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The benchmark top 200 index crashed back through 6000 points today as investors made room in their portfolios for Shell's former stake in Woodside.

Monday, Nov 13


Million-dollar visa scam leaves migrants $50,000 out of pocket, boss drives Porsche

A million-dollar jobs and visa scam that promised to help find work for hopeful migrants in regional areas has left dozens up to $50,000 out of pocket while the plan's architect lives in a $3 million mansion and drives a brand-new Porsche.


Markets Live: Banks weigh on ASX

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Shares are dragged lower by ANZ and Westpac trading ex-dividend, while IRESS is sold sharply down after a trading update and investors react luke-warmly to Aurizon's proposed acquisition.

Sunday, Nov 12


One in two Australians fear young people are not equipped for jobs of the future

Kiara Salmon has adapted her skills in property development to a virtual environment which allows her to take clients on tours through buildings before they are even built.