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National minimum wage to rise by 5.2% starting in July

By ERIN MODARO The Fair Work Commission announced on June 15 that the national minimum wage will rise by 5.2% beginning on July 1st. This amounts to a rate of $21.38 per hour or $812.60 per week, affecting more than 2.7 million Australians who receive minimum wage. The Fair Work Commission evaluated the new minimum […]

Packing Room Prize goes to portrait of Taika Waititi

By Erin Modaro. The winner of the Packing Room Prize was announced at the Art Gallery of NSW by Head Packer for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prize Brett Cuthbertson, with the award going to a portrait of Taika Waititi by artist Claus Stangl. The winning artwork features the eccentric filmmaker in a charismatic pose […]

Railing against injustice

BY ANDREW CHUTER Sydney's rail crisis has become a major headache for the Berejiklian government at the start of 2018. It has added strength to community campaigns calling for public transport investment to be put first ahead of toll road expansions. It started with a major system meltdown on January 9, which Transport Minister Andrew […]