Employers are lobbying for penalty rates to be reduced. Again. When the Australian Industry Group’s chief executive, Innes Willox, was interviewed recently by the Australian, he claimed that, whenever penalty rates are mentioned, the ‘unions love to talk about nurses and firemen’, whereas the current debate is about penalty rates in the retail, fast food and restaurant industries.
Since the First World War, conflict and mining have gone hand in hand in Australia. Without a reliable and steady supply of coal, iron ore and associated metals for the production of weapons and machinery, any war effort is short-lived.
As I experienced adolescence and early adulthood, I learned to think that women should be ashamed of their bodies. I also garnered the idea that sex was an act women engaged in for the specific aim of pleasing men. Worse still, I believed that getting married and having babies was not only important and necessary for me because of my assigned gender, but also that it was actually what I wanted.
Edward Snowden! Julian Assange! Glenn Greenwald! Kim Dotcom! Also starring: your metadata! Whom you talk to, when, how and for how long. And introducing: the content of your conversations! Everything you say or write to people using electronic and telephone networks, analysed by algorithms and rendered searchable, then archived on a secure database.
The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets, the richest prize in Australia for emerging poets, is now open.
The 2014 major prize is $6000, with a second prize of $2000 and a third prize of $1000. All three winning poems will also be published in Overland.