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Federal Court to hear ‘sham contracting’ appeal

An appeal hearing in the Federal Court tomorrow will help to clarify whether actors engaged on long-running shows are employees or independent contractors ...
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MEAA statement to the inquiry into political interference in the ABC

Statement by MEAA chief executive Paul Murphy to a public hearing of the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee as part of its inquiry into allegations of political interference in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) - in Sydney, Tuesday March 5 2019. MEAA expressed grave concerns with the conduct of ...
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Nine management opens offers for Fairfax ACM group

A union delegation from regional ACM mastheads is convening along with representatives from the Canberra Times, the Illawarra Mercury and the Newcastle Herald to ensure all levels of the business – metro, regional daily and country non-daily – have their views represented as Nine Publishing puts the former Fairfax regional ...
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Urgent issues for new ABC leadership

The new chair of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Ita Buttrose, must address a long agenda of urgent matters in order to protect, maintain and reinvigorate public broadcasting in Australia. MEAA, the union representing Australian journalists, performers and production crew, calls on the new chair and yet-to-be-appointed new managing director to ...
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MEAA submission to the inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce

Closed Facebook groups and other online platforms are increasingly becoming a source of hiring for workers in the arts and entertainment industry. In this submission to a Victorian government inquiry into the ‘on-demand workforce’, MEAA says gig economy jobs are undermining wages and employment conditions for all workers in our ...
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MEAA says defamation judgement confirms need for law overhaul

MEAA, the union for Australian journalists, says today’s decision of the Federal Court in the defamation action brought by Chau Chak Wing against the former Fairfax newspapers demonstrates the urgent need for an overhaul of Australia’s outdated defamation laws. The defence of qualified privilege was rejected by the court. MEAA ...
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MEAA response to preliminary recommendations of ACCC digital platforms inquiry

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MEAA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s  preliminary recommendations and proposed areas for further analysis and assessment ...
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MEAA submission on the Major Performing Arts Framework Consultation Paper

This is MEAA’s response to a request for comment on the Major Performing Arts Framework Consultation Paper produced by the federal, state and territory governments ...
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