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6 things you need to know about urban transport reform

May 26, 2016 - 17:49 -- Admin

As a long-term resident of Darwin, where you can drive from anywhere in the metropolitan area to just about anywhere else in not much more than 25 minutes (even in the peak hour such as it is), it always takes me a couple of days to get used to the traffic snarls of Sydney and Melbourne.  Sydney’s traffic especially is vastly worse than it was when I lived there over 30 years ago.  Moreover, public transport doesn’t help all that much unless you live fairly close to a train or tram line and y

Taxis, Uber and a fair day’s pay

May 19, 2016 - 15:54 -- Admin

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.

Free, freemium and cheap services to help run your office

May 17, 2016 - 17:03 -- Admin

Lateral Economics has had occasion to compile a list of free, freemium and cheap services to help run your one person micro or several person small business. I post it here for your interest and because it may be useful to you. The latest service I discovered to my delight was Glympse which allowed me to watch as a friend, late for lunch drove from across town to join me. Kind of cool. There are other cool new apps too.