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I hope you are all doing well, and might like some distraction from the endless coverage of the Queen’s funeral arrangements.
I’ve spent the month of August recovering from a broken wrist, the result of a bike crash in training for the Sunshine Coast 70.3, which I had to pull out of. Our accommodation was still booked, so we had a nice holiday in Marcoola and Maroochydore, and I was able to run a bit.
I was slowed down a bit by the need to dictate, rather than typing, for the first couple of weeks. Still, I managed to get a bit done.
I’ve been feeling more positive about the Labor government, as they seem to have moved away from the absolute minimalism of the first couple of months. Notable examples include the endorsement of industry-wide bargaining and a vehicle fuel efficiency target. Both of these were all but ruled out before the election.
There are a bunch of big inquiries coming up: the White Paper on Employment (which may yet be on Full Employment, as originally promised), the inquiry into the Reserve Bank of Australia, and an ACT inquiry into the 4-day week.
I’ll also be presenting at two events related to the idea of a Livable Income Guarantee. On Tuesday 20 September, a webinar on The Liveable Income Guarantee - The Missing Link in Social Security? with Senator Janet Rice and Prof Gaby Ramia You can register here. From 26-28 September, the the 21st annual Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network will be held in Brisbane and also on Zoom. Register here
<h3>Articles for August 2022</h3>
Who’s holding back electric cars in Australia?, The Conversation 10 August