From The Crowd

10th April

OPINION: Women not left behind

The the tail end of a difficult year, an organisation at the frontline of providing a safe pathway for women who survive violence was at the brink of not being able to deliver critical services. The organisation Voice...

OPINION: Adopt stronger laws

Whenever national cybersecurity policy is discussed, the same stories come up again and again. Whether the examples are called acts of cyberwar, cyberespionage, hacktivism, or cyberterrorism, they all affect national interest, and there is a corresponding call for some sort of national cyberdefence. Unfortunately, it is very diffi cult to identify attackers and their motivations in cyberspace. As a result, nations...

9th April

Piecework pay – Horticulture: Should there be a floor?

Where individual effort can be clearly measured, many employers prefer to pay their workers per unit of output rather than per hour. That is, they prefer piecework to hourly rates. One advantage of piecework is that employers can avoid the new Horticulture Award requirement to pay workers an overtime rate of $43.40 per hour for...

8th April

Is aid neo-colonial

LONG ago, in a country many miles from where I currently sit, I worked on an aid project. It has stuck with me over the years: a suite of lessons about what can go wrong with aid. Some of the problems were huge. Some were more human in scale. The person I reported to, for...

6th April

Curfew may or may not be lifted

Covid-19 one year on and the world has gone through a series of lockdowns and curfews. The unprecedented nature of the pandemic led to adoption of immediate measures to curtail and contain the spread of the virus but implying restrictions. Some of these measures were praised that showed positive results in containment, but later raised...

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