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Industrial Relations: if you thought Tony Abbott could not sink much lower....

February 1, 2015 - 00:16 -- Admin

Australian Government Productivity Commission media release, 22 January 2015:Productivity Commission release issues papers on workplace relationsThe Productivity Commission has today released a suite of five issues papers relating to its current public inquiry into the performance of the Australian workplace relations framework.The issues papers are intended to canvas all the big questions about Aust

ABBOTT'S AUSTRALIA: Is a public service fire sale on its way?

February 1, 2015 - 00:15 -- Admin

The Canberra Times 20 January 2015:Tens of thousands more Australian  public service jobs are to be sized-up for potential privatisation as the Abbott government begins work on its "contestability program".One public sector expert has warned the program is the beginning of a "slow bleed" of the federal bureaucracy that could ultimately se

2015 Queensland State Election - 31 January live cover links

January 31, 2015 - 07:05 -- Admin

Queensland Electoral Commission 2015 State General Election - Election Summary – polling results should begin to display after 6pm QLD time.ABC Radio 612 ABC Brisbane – live cover on election night from 6pm to 10pm QLD time.Televised Election Night Coverage: Queensland Votes - 6:00pm QLD time (on ABC in QLD only) and 7:00pm AEDT on

Only serious illness could explain this statement by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

January 30, 2015 - 13:47 -- Admin

The stress of this country’s top political position appears to be seriously affecting Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s health.An inability to cope under sustained pressure is the only reason I can conceive for this badly-timed and impolitic statement made earlier in the day and quoted in the Brisbane Times on 30