"This is not about the right or left of politics but the erosion of the democratic voices of local government by the bullies of the NSW state government. Under this 'job application' who gets to decide who remains as a councillor until the next council election and who has the right to do so? Councillors are elected by the people," said Miriam Gutman-Jones, an independent on Waverley Council. Amalgamation Saga
Thousands of empty homes in Sydney housing crisis land banking
Sydney map for tourists and locals
Philip Harrison, a Brisbane's Tewantin tradie, could not explain to the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday morning how he acquired a $596 million bank account, with another $1.56 billion worth of property. Queensland bricklayer has $590m in bank account
How would I make billions in drugs without being caught? My investments, my ideas in cars, apps, trade, I sold them overseas, have been for years "I didn't lie about that. It's $1.2 million in land, the rest in shares, ASX. I own the ASX 200, I'm in control of it..." Richer Brickie than MEdia Dragon
We are struck by how underrepresented the ABC and Fairfax issues and topica are in our Twitter feed:
'It’s absolute chaos with the restructure and now this' - Fairfax Media metro journalists strike in solidarity
*Fairfax at odds with quality journalism claims
A marathon session of the Senate as it debates changes to voting laws, the Grand Prix, and anything else that happens between now and Monday will not be covered by Fairfax’s union journalists, after the vast majority of the company’s Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra journalists walked off the job yesterday afternoon, vowing not to return till Monday.
In fiery meetings in Melbourne and Sydney, the company’s union journalists voted overwhelmingly for a wildcat strike, after the company surprised them by sending an email at 11am on Thursday saying about 120 full-time journos in news and business — or their equivalent in other cost cuts — was being sought from the The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review. Some staff out the Canberra Times, Newcastle Herald, the Illawarra Mercury, Brisbane Times and WAToday have also gone on 24-hour strikes in solidarity, as have almost all the editorial staff at real estate portal Domain. [Fairfax journos go on strike]
Management has responded to the strike by telling workers it will dock their pay (as it is legally obliged to). In an email sent out yesterday afternoon, editorial director Sean Aylmer said he was very disappointed that strikes had occurred so early in the consultation process:
“This strike action is unlawful. When employees take unlawful industrial action we have no choice but to dock their pay.Striking Fairfax staff hold protest rallies over proposed job cuts
“No one should feel pressured to take industrial action at any time. And it’s wrong for anyone to pressure someone else to take unlawful industrial action.”
Fairfax job cuts plan prompts mass walk out as staff 'take a stand'
As the financial pressures on news organizations continue to mount, resources for this kind of high-impact reporting are dwindling. Do you see a way forward for this kind of journalism? Are you fundamentally optimistic or pessimistic when you look at the future of news? Is the future of social justice journalism still bright?
Steve's decided to give up blogging. I understand and respect his reasons, but I will still miss his clarity and perception
Florence Nightingale, data nerd
Among the other factors contributing to the Rebels leadership shake-up included the death of sergeant-at-arms Simon Rasic in 2014, the patch-out of enforcer Ricky Ciano and the pending deportation of an alleged chapter president Shane Martin.
Exiled Rebels boss leases clubhouse for $130,000 while club infighting continues back home
Brian Leiter takes the UC Berkeley law students to task:
This is really disgraceful for a bunch of alleged adults and lawyers, to call for the firing of a tenured faculty member based on a university investigation and a complaint, the latter of which is obviously not an adequate basis on which to base any conclusions. I agree that the university investigation should have been sufficient to remove him from his role as the Dean, but the demand that he be fired from Berkeley "in any capacity" is shocking. (The letter states: "As long as Choudhry remains at Boalt or the University of California in any capacity, we cannot in good conscience contribute financially to Berkeley Law or to the University." Ordinarily, everyone would recognize the inappropriateness of alumni making financial threats unless tenured faculty are fired.) Social justice warriors don't care about due process, even the law student variety
Britain: following collapse of lengthy Operation Midland law enforcement inquiry into a fantasist’s wild tales of abuse (did senior Tories murder rentboys for fun?) vindicated officials and their families wonder where to turn to get their reputations back [Dan Hodges/Telegraph (citing Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe’s favorable reference to a second official’s statement that “The presumption that a victim should always be believed should be institutionalized”); Matthew Scott/Barrister Blogger, Richard Bartholomew]
Never know who’ll benefit: supersedeas appeal bond limits, sought by tort reformers, may now save Gawker from ruin [WLF, earlier] Plus a Florida appellate court ruling on newsworthiness, and other reasons the scurrilous media outlet is hoping for better luck on appeal if it can get past the bond hurdle [Politico New York]
Lord Mayor reveals CBD surveillance plan
These 25 Companies Are More Powerful Than Many Countries Foreign Policy (resilc). Amazon is ranked higher than Google, now Alphabet? Ditto Nestle? I think readers will have a party with this list…
China’s struggle for a new normal Martin Wolf, Financial Times
Is China Exporting Its Environmental Problems? Bloomberg
Map of Central Europe 1000 AD to present day YouTube. In just over three minutes! It then runs again much slower for those who want to see more detail
Hungary’s central bank is the latest to go negative Telegraph
The Economist's Schumpeter column tackles the emergent love affair of business with team production:
Companies are abandoning functional silos and organising employees into cross-disciplinary teams that focus on particular products, problems or customers. These teams are gaining more power to run their own affairs. They are also spending more time working with each other rather than reporting upwards. Deloitte argues that a new organisational form is on the rise: a network of teams is replacing the conventional hierarchy ..
Pardon me for being somewhat skeptical. We have, after all, been here before. Back in the late 1990s I wrote several articles on the purported tension between hierarchy and team production, perhaps most notably in Bainbridge, Stephen M., Privately Ordered Participatory Management: An Organizational Failures Analysis; available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=38600. Back then I concluded that:
According to conventional academic wisdom, perceptions of procedural justice are important to corporate efficiency. Employee voice promotes a sense of justice, increasing trust and commitment within the enterprise and thus productivity. Workers having a voice in decisions view their tasks as being part of a collaborative effort, rather than as just a job. In turn, this leads to enhanced job satisfaction, which, along with the more flexible work rules often associated with work teams, results in a greater intensity of effort from the firms workers and thus leads to a more efficient firm.
*The Economist's Schumpeter on how business has fetishized teams
... I can't help but observe how many of the people who hate Citizens United now think Apple has rights. https://t.co/jVxwhjy8X7— Stephen Bainbridge (@ProfBainbridge) March 17, 2016
Cory @doctorow hates Citizens United. But suddenly he thinks Apple CORPORATION has rights that must be defended at all costs. Consistent?— Stephen Bainbridge (@ProfBainbridge) March 17, 2016
Well said. https://t.co/aOzDqYWze4— Stephen Bainbridge (@ProfBainbridge) March 17, 2016
Zing. https://t.co/B8sXHfrNjl— Stephen Bainbridge (@ProfBainbridge) March 17, 2016