Social inequality in Australia: Is it time to seriously consider a UBI?

By Hillary Montague A Universal Basic Income (“UBI”) may overcome social structural inequalities, poverty and the loss of dignity simultaneously and effectively. With the implementation of a UBI, individuals would have greater access to fully recognising their human rights. A… Continue Reading

The Fair Work Commission’s Decision on Casual and Part-Time Work

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By Jill Murray Last week on 5 July 2017 the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down a significant decision in relation to casual work. (FWC [2017] FWCFB 3541) This blog looks at the ramifications of one aspect of the decision,… Continue Reading

Law School Seminar: In whose interests? The trade union official as fiduciary

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Abstract Trade union officials have been held to owe fiduciary obligations to their union based on an analogy with company directors. The case law focuses on misuse of union resources, as seen in the recent high profile case brought against… Continue Reading

Campbell Smith: “It’s inspiring to be surrounded by people who come to work passionate about making the working lives of young Victorians better.”

By Campbell Smith I began a placement at the Young Workers Centre as part of the Public Interest Law Practice elective at the beginning of 2016. Based at Trades Hall in Carlton, the Young Workers Centre’s mission is to provide… Continue Reading

Fair Work Building & Construction: Entry Level Employment Opportunity for Law Graduates!

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The La Trobe University Careers & Employability recently published an Entry Level Employment Opportunity for a position at the Fair Work Building and Construction agency, which is an incredibly valuable opportunity for law graduates. We spoke to the FWBC’s Eddie… Continue Reading

LLS Career Workshop: What Career Options do Law Graduates have?

Finishing your law degree? Looking at your options for 2017?  Law graduates can explore a wide range of career opportunities, and whether you’re looking to practice, or use your degree in other ways, you need to start thinking about the… Continue Reading

Public Panel Event: “Free Trade Agreements: What’s In It For Australian University Graduates?”

La Trobe Law School, is pleased to invite you to the “Free Trade Agreements: What’s in it for Australian University Graduates?” Public Panel event, on 21 September 2016. Australia’s trade landscape has recently been populated with some significant free trade… Continue Reading

A Bigger Role for the Victorian Government in Relation to Insecure Work?

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By Jill Murray The Victorian government has set up an Inquiry into Labour Hire and Insecure Work, headed by Professor Anthony Forsyth of RMIT University. The Inquiry’s terms of reference note that the government’s law-making powers in relation to work… Continue Reading

Error of Law in Royal Commission Submissions on the AWU?

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By Associate Professor Jill Murray Does a union official owe a fiduciary obligation to members of an individual workplace in relation to the process of enterprise bargaining? The Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption (hereafter… Continue Reading

Law and Poverty: Forty Years On

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In 1975, Ronald Sackville (then a legal academic, later a Federal Court judge) delivered his landmark report, Law and Poverty in Australia, as part of the Australian Government Commission of Inquiry into Poverty. This week a group of legal scholars… Continue Reading