Category Archives: Politics – national

Brexit and deliberative democracy

I fantasise about the day when the people who fancy themselves the champions of liberal capitalist democracy – you know the Business Class set – will realise that they are munching through the landscape and, as Schumpeter argued – following Marx – … Continue reading

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What does it all mean?

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The employment perils of social media

La Trobe University has now retreated from acting against academic Roz Ward (as I suggest below that it should).  However I concluded it was still worth publishing this post, because it analyses important constitutional and legal issues that arise repeatedly … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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Would sortition help against corruption?

Political parties and institutions in Australia and the US are increasingly dominated by interest groups representing the few, leading to a large policy-induced increase in inequality in recent decades and a long raft of new policies favouring the few by … Continue reading

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