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Penalty rates decision sets an alarming precedent Penalty rates decision sets an alarming precedent

Published on 23 February 2017: Today the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission delivered its much awaited decision about penalty rates in the hospitality and retail sector. Sadly the Commissions decided to reduce Sunday penalty rates for workers.

Rampant sexual child abuse in the Catholic Church - what causes it? Rampant sexual child abuse in the Catholic Church - what causes it?

Published on 22 February 2017: The Royal Commission continued its investigations this week into the current policies and procedures of Catholic Church in Australia with an even more persistent analysis of the root causes of the problem of child abuse.

Orchard of rotten apples: foreign farm workers exploited Orchard of rotten apples: foreign farm workers exploited

Published on 22 February 2017: Investigations into the exploitation of migrant labour in the farming sector, including raids on farms, have been taking place around the country following a recent case in the Federal Court.

Union test case to challenge supermarket labour tactics Union test case to challenge supermarket labour tactics

Published on 21 February 2017: New union test case to send message to major horticulture industry users like Coles and Woolworths that they can no longer turn a blind eye to exploitation of labour.

Child abuse in Catholic Church: here are the (awful) statistics Child abuse in Catholic Church: here are the (awful) statistics

Published on 20 February 2017: According to the Royal Commission into Child Sexual, the Catholic Church has paid out more than $276 million in response to claims of abuse. Of 4445 complaints made, 46% were about schools.

Does Catholic Church law lead to the cover up of abuse? Does Catholic Church law lead to the cover up of abuse?

Published on 16 February 2017: To what extent does the Catholic Church’s own canon law lead to the cover up of child sexual abuse committed by people in religious orders?

Does Catholic Church's screening process stand up to scrutiny? Does Catholic Church's screening process stand up to scrutiny?

Published on 14 February 2017: What is an appropriate screening process for entry into a Catholic religious order, especially one working with children? This was the topic as the Royal Commission continued its investigation into training of priests and nuns within the Church.

History of abuse in juvenile detention: let's not repeat it History of abuse in juvenile detention: let's not repeat it

Published on 09 February 2017: The public has called on the Victorian State Government to get tough on youth crime following rioting by residents at Victoria’s Parkville and Malmsbury youth justice centres, as well as a recent spate of violent crime by adolescent groups.

If I am paid cash in hand, am I covered by WorkCover if injured? If I am paid cash in hand, am I covered by WorkCover if injured?

Published on 07 February 2017: WorkCover Victoria will accept your claim for income replacement and assistance with medical bills, regardless of the manner in which you have been paid for your work.

Sex abuse stats Sex abuse stats "tragic and indefensible" says Catholic Church, but continues to defend claims for compensation

Published on 06 February 2017: Despite admitting damning Royal Commission stats, the Catholic Church continues to rigorously defend claims for damages resulting from child sexual abuse.

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