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Phone manufacturers, like the Dutch company Fairphone, require suppliers of raw materials used in their phones to improve employment conditions for their workers. Mike Hutchings/Reuters

What businesses can do to stamp out slavery in their supply chains

Businesses can use their purchasing power to change the actions of their suppliers and help to eradicate slavery - both in Australia and across the world.
Canadians may spend days or weeks serving as jurors, but most provinces offer scant compensation. (Shutterstock)

Crime doesn’t pay, but jury duty should

Provincial governments are making moves to increase the minimum wage for its citizens. But when will jurors get compensated fairly?
Still from An Inconvenient Truth (2006) (Handout)

An inconvenient truth about An Inconvenient Truth

Eleven years after its release, An Inconvenient Truth, the iconic climate documentary, has spawned a sequel. But did the original do more harm than good by polarizing Americans on climate change?
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in July in Germany. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Why Trump must stop being Trump to survive

U.S. President Donald Trump's insistence on being "himself" is doing substantial damage to the United States, both domestically and abroad. A former Clinton White House adviser on Russia weighs in.
Manufacturing still receives 80% of net government assistance, largely due to the remaining small levels of tariff assistance, plus some budget measures. Dean Lewins/AAP

The government is backing the wrong industries, as our economy changes: Productivity Commission

Under current government policy we are penalising the sector of the economy where there is the largest proportion of existing employment and the best prospects for future growth.
Women’s activism has indeed enabled progress to be made in norms and direct gender regulation, but it has not prevented, the growth of market liberalism that has increased regulation distance in many areas. Richard Milnes/ newzulu

Here’s an important reason the gender pay gap isn’t closing

The weakening of collective rights and employment protections has harmed the relative position of women in ways that have offset gains through changing values and individual rights.
Unlike shareholders, super fund members won’t have the same powers at AGMs to hold executives to account. Brendan Esposito/AAP

Giving you more say in your super? Not likely with these changes

Many of us barely glance at our own superannuation account balances, so it’s reasonable to predict that only a tiny fraction are likely to go to a super fund annual meeting.
President Macron, President Trump and First Lady Trump attend the 2017 Bastille Day military parade. Yves Herman/REUTERS

Emmanuel Macron staged a punk coup on the Champs-Élysées

The French president's orchestration of the Bastille Day military parade featuring a Daft Punk tune was a deft move that left Trump outmaneuvered, and positioned France as a force to contend with.
A young woman protests at a “Not My President” demonstration against Donald Trump in New York in December 2016. (Shutterstock)

Rallying cry: Youth must stand up to defend democracy

According to famed anthropologist Arjun Appadurai, the central question of our times is whether we’re witnessing the worldwide rejection of liberal democracy and its replacement by some sort of populist…
The G20 displayed unprecedented global economic leadership in the past. That leadership is needed again today. Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

The G20’s economic leadership deficit

The G20 has stopped showing economic leadership at a time when risks are high. Australia can play a role in addressing this.
A technician checks a smart meter data in this file photo. Research suggests the technology fails to affect consumer behaviour. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

Are smart meters delivering on their promise?

Data suggests a smart-meter plan to shift electricity use to off-peak hours has had almost no impact.
The future of citizenship is more distributed, interactive and local than dealing with central government through new technology. That may be sad news for those who wish to interact with the likes of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in virtual reality if not in person. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

Canada in 150 years: People power will shake up society

The disruptive impact of intelligent machines and new social movements will force us to remake citizenship into a more personal pursuit over the next 150 years.

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