Today, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) secretary Sally McManus has told the National Press Club that the gig economy has pushed "workers' rights back 100 years". She has also unveiled the ACTU push to have anyone working casually for more than six months to automatically have the option to become permanent employed.

Meanwhile, that Uber driver with a good memory -- and a year's worth of wages suddenly deposited in his bank on account of the loose lips of the Brothers Stefanovic -- has been canned by Uber. Regardless of the rights and wrongs of his conduct, his lack of any legal recourse is illustrative.