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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Yanis Varoufakis Australian speaking tour March 2024

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Yanis Varoufakis, visionary economist and former Finance Minister of Greece, is touring Australia discussing ‘Technofeudalism’, his boldest and most far-reaching book yet, in which he argues that capitalism is dead and that a new economic era has begun. Varoufakis is visiting Australia as a guest of the Australia Institute in 2024 to mark the Australia … Continued

OMBUDSMAN WELCOMES DESIGNATED-COMPLAINTS LEGISLATION

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The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Bruce Billson, has welcomed the introduction of legislation into Federal Parliament that will create a “designated-complaints” mechanism to fast-track serious disputes for small businesses to the ACCC. “Vast numbers of small and family businesses every year are being compromised and, in some cases, profoundly damaged by unfair … Continued

Asbestos debris could be closer to home than we think!

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MEDIA RELEASE: 15 February 2024 Asbestos in mulch causes concern but asbestos debris could be closer to home than we think! As councils and government agencies continue to test for asbestos in mulch on government-owned sites, Clare Collins, Chair of the Asbestos Education Committee has urged the public not to panic but to avoid mulched … Continued

Australia’s first Big Walk 4 Refugees launches today with 16,650 km journey to remember 10,000 refugees left behind

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Media Release 13 Feb 2024 Australia’s inaugural Big Walk 4 Refugees launches today, uniting people around the country in a 16,650 km virtual journey from Hobart to Canberra to highlight the prolonged uncertainty still facing 10,000 refugees in Australia.  The Australian Government’s announcement of permanent pathways for 19,000 refugees, one year ago today, has been … Continued

Labor ahead in Dunkley, Stage 3 changes a winner with voters

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Media release | Embargoed until 12.01am Friday, 9 February 2024 Labor leads the Liberal Party 52% to 48% in the Dunkley two-party preferred vote ahead of the crucial March 2 byelection, according to new research from the Australia Institute. The Australia Institute commissioned uComms to conduct a survey of 626 residents across the Federal Seat … Continued

OMBUDSMAN WELCOMES FRANCHISING CODE OF CONDUCT REVIEW

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The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Bruce Billson, has warmly welcomed the release of the review of the Franchising Code of Conduct by Dr Michael Schaper. The Ombudsman performs a range of functions under the Franchise Code to support informed decision making, healthy franchise relationships and the resolution of disputes that may arise … Continued

Fels’ review confirms corporate practices as key drivers of inflation

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Media release | Wednesday, 7 February 2024 The Australia Institute welcomes the report of the Inquiry Into Price Gouging and Unfair Pricing Practices, chaired by Prof Allan Fels, and delivered today to the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Key points: The Australia Institute and its Centre for Future Work, which were among the first to identify … Continued

58% OF AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES INCREASE IT SECURITY SPENDING, WITH A THIRD FACING RANSOMWARE ATTACKS IN 2023

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A recent survey by leading software research site Capterra reveals that Australian businesses are more actively improving their cybersecurity infrastructure to defend against potential attacks. The study’s findings show that a third (33%) of the respondents have experienced security breaches in 2023 amidst recent notable data breaches occurring at Optus and Medibank.    Research Analyst at … Continued

Media alert: Federal Politics

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  As Federal Parliament resumes, experts from La Trobe University are available to discuss the political year ahead. Dr Nicholas Barry Senior Lecturer Politics at La Trobe UniversityE: N.Barry@latrobe.edu.au M: 0418 940 259   Dr Barry can discuss the following topics: Analysis of the current and future political landscape in Australia How the recent tax reforms … Continued