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Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis


Charlie writes chiefly about industrial relations, politics, culture and social services.


Is Airtasker offering genuine union protection for the gig economy?

May 3, 2017

Unions NSW has struck a deal with gig-for-hire website Airtasker. But will that mean enforceable protection for workers, or just symbolic guidelines?

It’s complicated: George Christensen’s on-again-off-again relationship with freedom of speech

April 27, 2017 7 Comments

Free speech is amazing, unless it's a greenie protest, then it's terrorism.

New ‘not 457’ English requirements will make zero difference

April 21, 2017 3 Comments

The new Temporary Skill Shortage Visas will require a higher level of English proficiency than 457s, right? Not so fast.

Can your boss spy on you at work?

April 19, 2017 1 Comment

If you send a personal email at work, can your boss read it? Can your workplace install hidden spy cameras? Can your employer listen in on your phone calls? What about Facebook messages?

What does the gig economy do to workers’ rights?

April 13, 2017 5 Comments

Are working arrangements becoming too flexible and innovative for a minimum wage?

Media rush to find the ‘typical’ Australian

Media rush to find the ‘typical’ Australian

April 12, 2017 3 Comments

The typical Australian in 2016 is, apparently, a married 38-year-old woman with two kids.

Six tips for backbenchers who want to get noticed

April 10, 2017 2 Comments

Tired of toiling away while those ministers get all the attention? Here is a guide for backbenchers, by backbenchers.

Funky see, funky do: the story behind the most sampled drummer break in history

April 7, 2017 5 Comments

The complicated legacy of a modestly remunerated session musician who changed pop music forever.

A wordcloud of the completely pointless debate on 18C

A wordcloud of the completely pointless debate on 18C

April 4, 2017 1 Comment

It is all about freedom. And speech. And rights. And it doesn't actually matter, because for the last time, the Racial Discrimination Act is not going to be amended.

The sneaky new legislation that could hobble trade unions (and seriously hurt workers)

April 3, 2017 2 Comments

And are the provisions of the corrupting benefits legislation even enforceable?