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Why welding in a confined space is so dangerous: argon gas, used commonly in welding, is 38% denser than air. It can displace oxygen close to the ground. Being undetectable, this can lead to loss of consciousness and asphyxiation. Shutterstock

Killed in the line of work duties: we need to fix dangerous loopholes in health and safety laws

The death of apprentice Dillon Wu at a Melbourne factory raises questions about employer responsibility when a traditional employment relationship doesn't exist.
Ken Henry on ABC 7.30 Thursday night. “We have not been able to satisfy customer expectations, nor community expectations. As I said, for that, we are deeply sorry.” ABC

Defence mechanisms. Why NAB chairman Ken Henry lost his job

We get defensive when the social order we have become accustomed to is challenged. We attempt to protect ourselves through projection, denial, games, blame, or rationalisation.
A supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela, in August 2018. The prospect of prices doubling every hour encourages those who can afford it to horde. Hence the empty shelves and shortages. Miguel Gutiérrez/EPA

What caused hyperinflation in Venezuela: a rare blend of public ineptitude and private enterprise

Venezuela's hyperinflation has been caused by an inept public policy of printing more money and private individuals making the most of differences between official and unofficial exchange rates.
The law assumes consumers read the terms and conditions of their contracts, and in a dispute, they are held responsible for the written terms of any agreements. from www.shutterstock.com

Research shows most online consumer contracts are incomprehensible, but still legally binding

Legally, consumers are expected to read any online contracts they enter into, but companies have no obligation to offer readable agreements. As research shows, most are incomprehensible.
The government in general remains in bad shape on multiple fronts, and. Scott Morrison often sounds desperate. Dave Hunt/AAP

Grattan on Friday: What Labor has to fear is the Big Scare

Though it is generally believed a minor miracle would be needed to rescue the Morrison government, the Coalition judges the best way to “save furniture” is to wave the fear flags.
The Deepwater Horizon disaster in April 2010 killed 11 workers and caused the greatest environmental disaster in US history. Banking regulators can learn from the penalities introduced to motivate executive interest in putting safety first. EPA/US Coast Guard/Handout

What banking regulators can learn from Deepwater Horizon and other industrial catastrophes

Banking executives have huge incentives to maximise profits at all costs. They need equally compelling incentives to do the right thing.