Author Archives: Ken Parish

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic at Charles Darwin University, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law) and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 12 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in he early 1990s.

More Uber musings

Chris Lloyd’s comment on my previous Uber post prompt some further thoughts that I think merit a separate post.  Chris said: “If you want to make a living off of Uber, you’re going to have to drive an insane number … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Law, Politics - national | 2 Comments

Taxis, Uber and a fair day’s pay

A story in this morning’s media highlights the vulnerable position of pseudo self-employed “independent” contractors under Australian law: A Perth-based Uber driver is suing the Silicon Valley giant for terminating him without notice, leaving him with $80,000 worth of car loans – one of which he says was spruiked by Uber. … Continue reading

Posted in Law, Politics - national | 6 Comments

Six Stars on Cullen Bay

It looks like we may be getting a six star hotel across the road from our place at Cullen Bay. A proposal by Paspaley the Pearl King has been shortlisted by the Giles government along with two others. Apparently the … Continue reading

Posted in Politics - Northern Territory | 3 Comments

Re-imagining my “ideal” tax system

With the ongoing partisan squabbling about tax accompanying the imminent federal election, I thought it might be worth setting out my own “wish list” for an ideal tax system. As readers know, I am not an economist or accountant, and … Continue reading

Posted in Death and taxes, Politics - national | 12 Comments

Internships for the long-term unemployed – opportunity or con job?

The Coalition government’s Budget plan for internships for the long-term unemployed was instantly condemned by the trade union movement and the ALP, but given qualified support by at least some social welfare groups. Internships potentially provide a path for the … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy | 10 Comments

Asylum seeker policy: from brutal to bizarre

Former ABC Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes has predictably been pilloried on social media over the last few days for an article about asylum seeker policy that repeats some themes I have discussed here at Troppo over the years.  Holmes … Continue reading

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The corporate tax cut scam

Prime Minister Turnbull and Treasurer Morrison are currently refusing to admit the cost to revenue of the Coalition’s ten-year corporate tax cut plan which will reduce company tax for all corporations to 25% by 2025-26. Chris Richardson of Access Economics … Continue reading

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