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April 15, 2017 - 00:15 -- Admin

Those who ignore history are condemned to retweet it. [David Brooks writing in The New York Times on 8 April 2017] The algorithm purportedly used by the Department to match business names between the ATO dataset and Centrelink data was leaked to the media, and I undertook an analysis of it.

Was there really a typical Australian in 2016? The Australian Bureau of Statistics thinks so

April 14, 2017 - 00:18 -- Admin

This month the Australian Bureau of Statistics released its first taste of data from the 2016 national census and rather bravely decided it should be a profile of The ‘Typical’ Australian.I’m just wondering how reliable this profile is, given the number of people who either stated an intention to or admitted on social media platforms that they falsified some or all of the information they entered on the compulsory census form as a privacy safeguard against personal information data retention

Fair Work Commission 2017 Minimum Wage Review - heads workers lose, tails workers lose?

April 13, 2017 - 00:18 -- Admin

Fair Work Commission (FWC) website 10 April 2017:        Every year an Expert Panel of the Fair Work Commission must review modern award minimum wages, and set a national minimum wage order for employees not covered by enterprise agreements or modern awards.Each national minimum wage order made in an annual wage review comes into operation on 1 July in the next financial year, and continues in operation until the next national minimum wage order comes int

Turnbull Government dragging its heels on legislation to protect vulnerable workers?

April 13, 2017 - 00:16 -- Admin

The Age, 6 April 2017:The peak body for the $150 billion franchise sector has launched an intense behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign to convince MPs to water down Turnbull government legislation designed to prevent future worker exploitation scandals.Spearheaded by former Liberal minister Bruce Billson, the Franchise Council of A