Badminton is not the only game where the putative contestants might indulge in a spot of tanking - throwing a match - in pursuit of a longer-term goal.
Sports fans are reeling after eight Olympic badminton players were disqualified for trying to lose early-round matches in London. Apparently, they wanted to avoid coming up against certain opponents later in the draw.
On the same day as the “bad-blood in badminton’’ story surfaced, we were reminded of our own version of the dark art of tanking: the Coalition’s pseudo-opposition or soft-shoe shuffle on industrial relations reform.
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Australia is a great place to live. Our economy is strong, unemployment is low, companies are making good profits and real incomes are rising, as is our living standard.
The Fair Work Act is an important building block of that strength.
The facts show us that our workplace relations system is producing lower levels of industrial disputes, increasing profits and fostering agreement making while providing a workable safety net.
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When I first entered the workforce some two decades ago, becoming a union leader wasn’t even on my radar.
I became a nurse to help other people and contribute to my community. Funnily enough, in a different way, that’s still what I’m doing today.
I stumbled into unionism because of my belief that collectively, we can achieve progressive change in our workplaces and for society. That remains my motivation today. It’s the same for the thousands of union delegates who are at work every day, not just doing their own jobs, but ensuring fair treatment for their workmates.
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