Ah, the modern workplace is a strange beast.
You share cups and fossick for spoons, sit closer than you’d choose to most people and spend the majority of your waking life sharing an ill air-conditioned space with others who do not share your hygiene standards.
For around 40 hours a week we hunch at our desks, beavering away at any number of shared business goals and ticking off KPIs.
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Labor isn’t just afraid of losing valuable political real estate in western Sydney. It also fears the loss of a generation of its best talent.
The casualty list of a Labor wipe-out in Sydney’s west would include the names of some MPs credited with the potential to become Prime Minister.
They include Environment Minister Tony Burke (Watson), Tertiary Education Minister Chris Bowen (McMahon), Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare (Blaxland) and Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury (Lindsay).
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Remember the days when Tony Abbott spoke more freely on his views about the sinfulness of modern society? Sometimes I wonder if he misses those happier times when he was free to be “the mad monk”, deploring the “condom culture”.
And his long lost opinions were just part of a chorus of conservative leaders and pro-life organisations who believe that easily accessible and effective contraception is ruining sex, as it means that couples don’t give themselves completely to each other.
But even the most cursory glances at history shows that contraception and sex have gone hand in hand since the earliest civilizations, long before the luxury and ease of hormonal and latex methods.
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It’s not fair that Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer is expected to become the poster girl for working mothers the world over. Even if it was a gig she wanted, where would she find the time?
In between the exhaustive hours that running a Fortune 500 company demands, raising her five-month-old son and squeezing in the occasional dinner with her husband, there’s not much free time in the 37-year-old’s schedule.
And even if there was, it’s probably a stray hour or two she would prefer to spend getting reacquainted with sleep rather than stage a protest rally to lobby for better conditions in the workplace.
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Women love it and men hate it. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly the point.
Despite the idiotic antics of some of its players, the NRL is not stupid. Its new ad, featuring pop diva Jessica Mauboy, is a deliberate pitch at the hearts and minds of women.
The NRL knows it must compete with the AFL to increase both its TV audience and the number of people who attend games. The AFL has long been able to boast that women comprise a greater share of both audiences. The new NRL ad could go a long way to changing that.
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How many hours of sleep do you get every night? If your answer is lower than seven or eight, you should consider an earlier bedtime.
A new study has shown that, as well as causing a bunch of common health issues, a lack of sleep can actually damage your genetic makeup. So if you aren’t getting enough sleep, a little fatigue is the least of your worries.
Are you all well rested today? If not, what’s been keeping you awake? Tell us your thoughts.
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In light of the latest developments coming out from the NRL regarding Ben Barba, rumours are now running rife that on top his well now well documented relationship breakdown with the mother of his children, he could also be suffering from a gambling problem.
This hits home for me because I despise sports gambling, it sickens me.
I personally have spent the darkest of hours with a sports gambling addict. Without delving into too much personal detail out of respect to this person, I can however say that for a number of years I battled with my live in boyfriend’s gambling addiction.
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Imagine if Australia had no Opposition Leader. It’s not such a stretch. The United States operates without one for almost all of any four-year presidential term.
The President’s opponent is only formally nominated in August of any election year, and has just four months until the November election of the same year to represent his or her party.
For the remaining three years and eight months, the opposition, whether Republican or Democrat, is not represented by one party leader. In some senses it is unsatisfactory that for long stretches—years, in fact—there is no single, cohesive American opposition voice.
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Try this pop quiz: How many of the following financial institutions do you think are owned by the big four banks?
St George, BankWest, UBank, RAMS Home Loans, Aussie Home Loans, Wizard Home Loans, Bank of Melbourne, Bank SA.
If you answered “all of the above” (with regulatory approval pending for Commonwealth Bank to increase its stake in Aussie from 30 per cent to majority control) you’d be correct. Full points.
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The chances are fairly slim, but if I were ever to have something named after me, I would prefer a star in a galaxy far, far away — or a postcard-inducing beach — rather than an abscess.
I’m sure Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie was a rather pleasant chap who liked patting puppies and drawing unicorns — and by all reports was an outstanding surgeon and physiologist.
However, it is an interesting way to be remembered — some poor bugger’s abscess sticking out of his shin being named after you.
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