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Bottleshops affect the health and well-being of people across the suburb, not just the health of people who buy the alcohol. from www.shutterstock.com

Bottleshops affect people’s health, so our laws need to reflect that

There's growing evidence the location and density of bottleshops influences the health and well-being of locals, particularly in disadvantaged areas.
The Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut Sunday penalty rates is expected to reduce the income of hundreds of thousands of Australians. But how do we calculate that? AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Full response from the McKell Institute regarding its report on penalty rate cuts

Q&A between the University of Melbourne's Joshua Healy and The McKell Institute's Edward Cavanough about methodologies for estimating the impact of the proposed Sunday penalty rate cuts.
In one Melbourne case study, half-a-dozen bikes occupying the same space as a parked car generated, on average, nearly four times as much retail spending. flickr/Richard Drdul

Do the sums: bicycle-friendly changes are good business

Pro-bike policies can boost local business. In one Melbourne case study, the average hourly retail spending from six bikes was $97.20 compared to $27 from one car occupying an equivalent space.
Voluntary Corporate Social Responsibility - because retailers care. Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Business-friendly Slavery Bill puts profit before human rights

After years of campaigning and lobbying, several evidence reviews, a draft government Bill (last September), and pre-legislative scrutiny from a joint select committee of peers and MPs, the UK government…

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