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Public service shrinks to smallest size in 12 years
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Employment

Public service shrinks to smallest size in 12 years

The bureaucracy is now significantly smaller than it was during John Howard's last year in power.

  • by Markus Mannheim

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The jobs boom is leaving some people behind
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The jobs boom is leaving some people behind

For the first time, less than half of all Australians are in full-time work. About one in four are working casually.

  • by Kasy Chambers
'Shallow approach': Morrison's farm welfare scheme slammed
Employment

'Shallow approach': Morrison's farm welfare scheme slammed

If jobseekers don't have a reasonable excuse for not accepting the work they can have their income support benefits reduced or withdrawn for up to four weeks.

  • by Eliza Berlage
'A travesty of justice': Job seekers stripped of payments by private companies

'A travesty of justice': Job seekers stripped of payments by private companies

Private operators are stripping people of their unemployment benefits without consulting government departments, leaving them with few avenues of redress despite up to one million mistakes being made last year.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
The government's secret $660 million offer to crossbenchers during company tax cut negotiations
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The government's secret $660 million offer to crossbenchers during company tax cut negotiations

Crossbench senators were offered an increase to welfare payments as part of the government's doomed efforts.

  • by Fergus Hunter
'People don't see us': Why Isabella feels like an invisible woman
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'People don't see us': Why Isabella feels like an invisible woman

Skipping meals, anxiety and and being churned between employment agencies. Welcome to the surprisingly large army of long-term unemployed in Australia.

  • by Liam Phelan
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Forget 'work-life balance'. Work is life, and that's how it should be
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Opinion

Forget 'work-life balance'. Work is life, and that's how it should be

We must avoid thinking of work as an intrusion on life. It's the eight hours a day set aside for work that makes everything else in life possible.

  • by Harold Mitchell
Fair Work Commission ditches $3m software after 10 days of glitches
Employment

Fair Work Commission ditches $3m software after 10 days of glitches

The latest in a long line of government IT bungles, there's no word on when the system will again be operational.

  • by Sally Whyte
Trump's Labour Day surprise: an attack on union leader
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Trump's Labour Day surprise: an attack on union leader

The president of the AFL-CIO had argued that Trump had "done more to hurt workers than to help" them since taking office.

  • by Jeff Stein
Premier says industrial manslaughter laws are worth exploring
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Premier says industrial manslaughter laws are worth exploring

Too many people are being injured in the workforce so we're constantly on the lookout for new things we can do to improve the situation, Mr McGowan said.

Union demands specific criminal offence for workplace deaths
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Union demands specific criminal offence for workplace deaths

The union has long pushed to make industrial manslaughter a specific criminal offence under workplace health and safety legislation, saying financial penalties on their own are not an effective deterrent.

  • by AAP