Clay Lucas

Clay Lucas

Clay Lucas is workplace editor for The Age. Clay has worked at The Age since 2005, covering state politics, urban affairs, transport and local government for The Age and Sunday Age. Clay won a Quill with Age investigative reporter Royce Millar in 2009.

Companies freeloading on unprotected interns

Clay Lucas Before she started as an intern at a booming Melbourne arts publishing company, Colleen Chen was asked to sign a contract. It stated she would be unpaid for her 12-week placement.

Building watchdog's 15 police referrals in 7 years score no convictions

Ben Schneiders and Clay Lucas As the Abbott government moves to revive the building industry watchdog, Victoria Police has revealed that not one criminal conviction was recorded as a result of its information over its seven years...

Contamination problem for tunnel

Koppers Wood was responsible for copper chrome arsenate seeping into the soil on a site in Hume.

Clay Lucas Badly contaminated land in North Fitzroy that lies in the path of the East West Link freeway.

Move-on bill likely to become law

Tecoma McDonalds protest

Clay Lucas and Henrietta Cook The Napthine government admits new laws to move on protesters will limit free speech.

Geelong optimistic about jobs despite factory closures

24 June 2012.  AFR.  Alcoa Plant at Point Henry in Geelong.
Photograph by Arsineh Houspian.  +(61) 401 320 173.


Clay Lucas It is an exodus on a scale not seen before in Victoria's second city: Ford, Qantas, Alcoa and perhaps Shell will all soon be gone.

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State faces jobs crisis

Tandberg news cartoon for Wed 12 feb 2014...first of two

Mark Hawthorne and Clay Lucas Victoria's economy faces its darkest days since the Ansett collapse in 2001, with Alcoa expected to fast-track its decision to close its Geelong aluminium smelter days after Toyota announced it would...

'Pop-up Stokehouse' to rise from the ashes

Story by:
Photo: Ken Irwin KEN 18th January 2014 The Sunday Age. News  
Stokehouse fire aftermath.

Clay Lucas A pop-up cafe will be built on the site of St Kilda's Stokehouse restaurant, Planning Minister Matthew Guy says, and construction could start within weeks.

Disabled workers go to Federal Court over back pay

Clay Lucas Lawyers acting for thousands of underpaid intellectually disabled workers will lodge a court application on Monday to block the Abbott government's scheme to tackle the underpayments.

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Cool change comes at last

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 16:  A child plays in the water fountain in the heat during day four of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Clay Lucas Finally the cool change the entire city had been waiting has arrived.

Royal Botanic Gardens take a punt on lake's rare vistas

Tim Entwisle

Clay Lucas A virulent waterlily once so badly choked the Ornamental Lake at the Royal Botanic Gardens that it took a public campaign in 1982 to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to drain it, bulldoze out...

Metropolitan Fire Brigade staff win big pay rises

GENERIC Country Fire Authority, bushfire royal commission, black saturday, volunteer, brigade, fight, recommendations, arson #132006 AFR FIRST USE ONLY PLEASE!!!

Clay Lucas Metropolitan Fire Brigade administration staff involved in one of 2013's more novel industrial actions - which included working with the caps lock on, parking in managers' car spots, and eating lunch...

Napthine government cutbacks endanger road workers, says union

Burnley Tunnel

Clay Lucas Motorists and thousands of road workers across Victoria have been endangered by the Napthine government's cutbacks at VicRoads, which have led to fewer safety measures around roadworks, the union...

Grocon workers refuse to give evidence over fatal wall collapse

Brick wall collapse

Clay Lucas and Royce Millar Three Grocon employees are continuing to refuse to give police investigators statements about the fatal collapse of a wall on the construction company's CUB Brewery site in Swanston Street.

Fund rail to rescue jobs, Napthine urges Abbott

Ron Tandberg 'News' cartoon December 16th 2013

Josh Gordon, Clay Lucas Premier Denis Napthine is pleading with the Abbott government to 'bring forward' Commonwealth infrastructure funding to offset the pain caused by the looming end of manufacturing by Holden.

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Hundreds of Holden workers remain on strike

Clay Lucas Hundreds of Holden engine plant workers in Melbourne remain on strike, over a fight with management on redundancy conditions for 30 workers the car maker plans to sack.

Abetz readies for clampdown on building unions

Negative business sentiment is holding back to construction sector.

Clay Lucas In its first big appointment in industrial relations, the Abbott government has sent a clear signal it plans to take on the powerful building unions.

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City heads towards two-speed economy


Clay Lucas Melbourne could soon have a dual economy: a permanently prosperous inner city, surrounded by 'client' suburbs where jobs are hard to get to and lack security, a new study warns.

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Hospital ordered to re-employ sacked 'schizophrenic' worker


Clay Lucas The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre has been ordered to re-employ a male administrative worker who was sacked in March, after the man was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic who had been behaving...

Man sacked after wearing Hawks jumper to work

Jason Tregear

Clay Lucas A forklift driver's love for his team in grand final week came into harsh conflict with his job.

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Qantas to review role of 300 engineers at Avalon

Clay Lucas Victoria's dwindling aircraft engineering industry is set to shrink further, with Qantas announcing it will "review" the work done by 300 remaining engineers, maintenance staff and contractors at...