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Benjamin Clark

Freelance writer

Benjamin Clark — Freelance writer

Benjamin Clark is a Melbourne-based freelance writer and arts worker. His writing has appeared in Crikey and The Age, and focuses on Australian politics and culture.

The perils of 'aspiration', Australia's new favourite buzzword

The perils of 'aspiration', Australia's new favourite buzzword

It's in the government's interest to push the narrative of an "aspirational class", but this wildly obscures what's really going on.

Conservatives no longer care about family values, and their housing policies prove it

Conservatives no longer care about family values, and their housing policies prove it

For all the right's railing about community values, they sure do make it hard to live in a community.

Want to confront the problems in hospitality? Let's deconstruct cafe culture

Want to confront the problems in hospitality? Let's deconstruct cafe culture

New union Hospo Voice and Victorian Labor are confronting wage theft in hospitality. But are consumers?

Start 'em young: why it's time to revisit the fight over youth wages

Start 'em young: why it's time to revisit the fight over youth wages

Why does a 20-year-old deserve less pay than a 21-year-old doing the same job? If the unions want more young people on board, this is the way to get them.

A UBI would help artists about as much as it would help precarious workers

A UBI would help artists about as much as it would help precarious workers

That champions of universal basic income think the lives of artists — or any workers — would flourish under UBI shows that they are out of touch with the wealth systems they are trying to disrupt.