Skelton not holding his breath over Wallabies future

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Departing Waratahs second-rower Will Skelton is not sure where his international career is at but says he wants to put his hand up whenever possible for the Wallabies, provided his Super Rugby performances improve.
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Skelton has signed a two-year deal with English Premiership side Saracens after spending two months with the London-based team following the Wallabies spring tour late last year.

Given Skelton has not played 60 or more Tests for his country, he will be unavailable for Wallabies duties in 2018 and the first half of 2019, meaning it is unlikely he will come into coach Michael Cheika’s Rugby World Cup calculations.

The 24-year-old has been grappling with the decision of whether to stay or go for a number weeks and says it came down to what was best for his family, even if the move may tarnish a potential Wallabies career for the time being.

“It was a massive decision to not be able to put the gold jersey on again or be able to put my hand up to put on the jersey again but that’s one we haven’t taken lightly,” Skelton told Fairfax Media. “The World Cup’s a massive thing in a rugby player’s career. I’ve been apart of one and I did half a tournament because I got injured. It’s a massive focus but at the end of the day, I put my family first in this decision. We chose as a family to go alone and experience life over there.”

Skelton said Cheika was “disappointed” at the news and there would be an increasing frustration on the part of the Wallabies boss at seeing so many of his star players leave n shores for the cash and experience of Europe.

However, Skelton has been told he will eligible for Wallabies selection in June and the Rugby Championship provided his form was up to scratch.

He can opt for an early release to join Saracens in time for the start of their season in September but that will be sorted out at a later date.

“Cheika was disappointed and who wouldn’t be if you’ve got guys going overseas?” Skelton said. “He’s coached me since I came into the league so I’ve learnt a lot from Cheik and Daryl [Gibson]. They’ve been my first Super Rugby coaches and I’ve learnt a lot and I’m thankful for what they’ve taught me.

“We’ll always keep in contact if that window or door does open. I’ll keep that door open to come back.

“Talking to Cheik he didn’t say it would affect anything. He’s going to pick the best players who are in form and who will do their part for the team so I’m always going to put my hand up there.”

Skelton refuted suggestions the signings of Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman and a number of other promising second-rowers had anything to do with his defection to Britain.

“Mate, to be honest that didn’t really come into it at all,” Skelton said. “We’ve been fighting for positions for the last two or three years and we’ve got healthy competition there within the Aussie ranks and we’re really building that depth we need in the lock position.

“Was it [for] financial [reasons]? No. It was a massive family decision for us to be out of our comfort zone. That was the main driver.

“I had a taste of it for that short stint and I enjoyed it. I got a feel for the place, got to know the boys and it made the decision a lot easier.”

Skelton has played 18 Tests for the Wallabies, with four of those caps coming in 2016.

Even if Cheika wanted to give the 203-centimetre giant another shot, Skelton says he needed to lift his game, starting with a big performance for NSW against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday.

“It begins with the Waratahs. I feel like I haven’t been playing good footy for the Tahs and that needs to happen if I want to stake a claim in the national team,” Skelton said. “I really need to perform for my team and I put my hand up week in week out to do that. The Hurricanes is my focus short-term.”

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What has happened to MKR ‘bad boy’ Josh?

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If there was ever a moment for Seafood King Josh to plunge the filleting knife deep into the chests of nemeses Court and Duncan, it should have been tonight. But in a surprise turnaround for the almost absent “bad boy” of Broome, he proved a worthy and generous dinner companion.
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Everyone had high expectations of the Melbourne hipsters’ ultimate restaurant, Gastro Turf, especially Della and Tully. “I think we’re definitely going to see triple digits tonight,” says Tully. “I think they’re definitely going to finish on top,” agrees Della.

The pair are cooking at Court’s parents’ place in the Yarra Valley because they can’t fit everyone in their Richmond apartment. They seem slightly rattled at having to drive further to pick up their ingredients, however their menu is trendy and confident. Entree 1: Venison, smoked labne and blueberries. Entree 2: Snapper, asparagus and mussel butter.Main 1: Chicken, cauliflower rice and carrots. Main 2: Pepper berry kangaroo, with eggplant and spinach.Dessert 1: Goat’s cheese profiterole with thyme and honey. Dessert 2: Whiskey sour.

When the guests arrive, Court hugs everyone but Josh, who she tells can “come on through”.

Court: “I don’t feel like I really need to give Josh a big ol’ hug. I’m not about to fake some kind of embrace that I would not like to have,” she said. “I think it’s a mutual agreement,” laughed off Josh, who almost said more but decided not to.

“Going back to Gastro Turf I feel like it’s a lot better the second time ’round, just looking at the space, it just looks more like an art gallery instead of a trashy alley way.” Even Amy leads to the cheers to Court and Duncan’s restaurant. What are they up to?

On seeing the couple’s menu, the leaderboard’s rop dog Valarie fears the worst: “I hate to admit but I think they are going to pip us to the post tonight, dammit.”

“There is no way that these guys are going to be behind you, like you’ll still be at the bottom of the leaderboard, guaranteed,” Josh cockily delivers to crestfallen Mark and Chris, which would come as a huge surprise to Courts had she been present since she believes “Josh thinks we should go home”.

“Obviously the Seafood King has a strong opinion on that, but I think we have more of a chance than he’s giving us,” says Chris to the cameras. “Exactly, keep your opinions to yourself,” Mark privately retorts.

The entrees go really well and they score a perfect 10 from Pete Evans for the “bold and beautiful” venison, which Della and Tully “couldn’t fault”.

But if someone could find fault, surely it would be Josh. “Every so often I just grit my teeth together, I don’t know what it is. Initially I thought it was part of the venison part of the bone or something, there’s all these little blackberry seeds.” Welcome back, Josh.

“I’m not nit picking,” he tells the table, to unimpressed commentary by Betty (“hashtag nit picking”) – who he has been clashing with the most over critiques of late. “It’s just the blackberry seed, like as I’m actually eating it just kinda crunch and it just stops you enjoying your meal, it kinda puts the brakes on.” Nitpicking much Josh?#MKR#Josh#Nitpickingpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/pHIboLSqFN??? #MKR (@mykitchenrules) April 4, 2017It’s a problem when all your guests fall asleep at the table #MKR#CourtDuncanpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/TOyHHdvUdb??? #MKR (@mykitchenrules) April 4, 2017 Continue reading

Cromwell lobs $3b bid for Investa Office Fund

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Cromwell Corporation has ended months of speculation by making an after-market close unsolicited, indicative, non-binding proposal for Investa Office Fund, valuing it about $3 billion.
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It comes as the Investa Listed Funds Management Limited independent directors are also in negotiations to acquire a 50 per cent stake in another related entity, Investa Office Management, along with the Investa Commercial Property Fund.

Cromwell bought its current 9.83 per cent stake in April 2016, which thwarted rival bidder Dexus, which itself made a cash offer for IOF in November 2015. Dexus’ cash offer went nowhere as a result.

It has been one the longest-running battles for control of a large asset fund in the real estate investment trust sector.

Under the proposal, Cromwell has offered a cash price of $4.85 per IOF unit, which is inclusive of (and on Cromwell’s assumption) an anticipated distribution of 10?? per IOF unit for the half year period ending June 30, 2017.

The proposal is subject to a number of conditions including undertaking due diligence.

The receipt of the proposal follows discussions with Cromwell, led by chief executive Paul Weightman, since November 2016.

The IOF independent directors have not yet formed a view on the merits of the proposed takeover.

IOF has one of the more enviable office portfolios, valued at about $4 billion, in the country, including towers at 126 Phillip Street and 420 George Street in Sydney and 567 Collins Street, Melbourne. They also own an office at 259 Queen Street in Brisbane.

According to CLSA analysts, “while we consider Investa a good office manager, we have reservations about the independence of Investa Listed Funds Management Limited board, in our view of the need to maintain funds under management across the platform, but hold judgment until we see the IOF’s final proposal”.

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Calombaris pay scandal tests business relationship

The underpayment of $2.6 million in wages by celebrity chef George Calombaris’??? company has caused major ructions with his new business partner, Radek Sali???, who could be forced to bail out the embattled hospitality empire.
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Mr Sali, the former chief executive of Swisse vitamins, took a 33 per cent stake in Calombaris’ company Made Establishment last year, valuing the restaurant group at $20 million.

Mr Sali and his co-investors said they were “prepared for a few potholes in the books” when they invested, but they were not made aware that up to 200 staff had been underpaid for up to six years. It is also understood that financial information provided to Mr Sali’s advisers last year, when they undertook due diligence on Calombaris’ businesses, may have overstated the performance of the Jimmy Grants chain. iFrameResize({resizedCallback : function(messageData){}},’#pez_iframe_268′);

“This was a business that had its issues when we bought in, but that is what we look for as an investment,” Mr Sali said.

Mr Sali admitted that events of the past few days would test his relationship with his business partners, including the MasterChef host.

“I have spoken to George three times today,” Mr Sali said.

“Look, my business partners, including George [Calombaris], have been saying how great it is we have gone into business together. I have reminded them all along that in business life can get challenging, and that will be the test of our relationship. Well, life very quickly became challenging.”

With an estimated personal fortune of $400 million, Mr Sali had forecast the rapid expansion of Jimmy Grants when he became chairman of Made Establishment last year. iFrameResize({resizedCallback : function(messageData){}},’#pez_iframe_268′);

He conceded that the underpayment of staff would have a major financial impact on the company.

“This will be paid for out of cashflow,” he said.

That process could take 12 months, and according to Mr Sali, “I would suggest we won’t be paying any dividends in that time.”

About 50 former staff from Calombaris’ stable of restaurants, which includes The Press Club, Gazi and Hellenic Republic, are understood to have made contact on Tuesday following widespread media coverage.

The MasterChef judge said he was “devastated” by the blunder, which will see affected employees back-paid an average of just over $16,000 each.

“I am so sorry we have messed up and let you down on a fundamental, which is to ensure our people are paid what they are entitled to,” Calombaris said in an email to staff on April 3.

A number of Calombaris’ former business partners refused to comment when contacted by Fairfax Media.

However, one individual, who has knowledge of the Made Establishment accounts, said he believed the cost of the underpayment of staff would exceed $2.6 million.

“The truth is, it will cost a lot more,” Fairfax Media was told.

“You have superannuation, payroll tax, BAS, the cost of hiring KPMG to do the review, and the cost of spin doctors. All up, that’s $4 million before you have to pay a fine to Fair Work.”

A spokeswoman for the Fair Work Ombudsman refused to answer questions about the size of fines that could potentially be imposed on Calombaris, or why it had not launched an investigation when concerns were first raised 18 months ago.

“The Fair Work Ombudsman is currently working through the issues we first identified and raised with the business in 2015 to ensure compliance has been achieved,” a spokeswoman said.

“As this remains an ongoing operational matter we cannot make further comment at this stage.”

In 2014, Fairfax Media revealed Calombaris’ empire faced a major financial overhaul amid mounting debts and the closure of a string of high-profile restaurants.

In a bid to raise cash, Calombaris and his partners in Made Establishment sold off the buildings that housed some of their signature restaurants, including the premises of East Brunswick institution Hellenic Republic.

At the time, Calombaris denied the company was in trouble, saying the group was revamping its business plan in a bid to go back to its roots.

“There’s not one hospitality operator out there doing cartwheels right now,” he said. “We’ve made a few mistakes but we’ve have some real successes too.”

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Can Wentworth survive without Queen Bea?

Last year the nation, or at least those elements of the nation who subscribe to Foxtel, drew a collective gasp of shock when the producers of Wentworth made a bold decision.
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Last season ended with Danielle Cormack’s Bea Smith throwing herself onto a screwdriver being wielded by Pamela Rabe’s extraordinary Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson.

The gasp of shock was multi-layered. Everyone believed Bea was going to shank The Freak, ending a rivalry that had been boiling for years. When the tables turned and Bea kinda shanked herself it was rather surprising.

As she drew her final breaths, and left this mortal coil dreaming of her dead daughter Debbie, and it became clear she wouldn’t be back for the next series, it was apparent that the producers had killed off the show’s most popular, and important character.

Since Wentworth, a loose remake of iconic Aussie drama Prisoner, first leapt onto our television screens Bea was the central figure, her storyline was woven around everything that occurred both inside and outside the prison walls.

Cormack’s portrayal was exceptional and earned her a number of well-deserved awards and fans in all the multiple territories the show was sold into.

So once everyone had recovered from the shock, no doubt with a few sips of moonshine cooked up in the prison kitchen, we were left with one very nagging question.

Could Wentworth survive without Bea Smith?

So it was with great trepidation I watched the season premiere of season five hoping, nay, praying, they hadn’t thrown the baby out with the Bea water last season.

How could the possibly go on without the central character, could the show remain as strong without such a strong character or would it float into the abyss of dreadfulness as so many n series do when they get through a few seasons.

I was thrilled, dear reader, to find I had nothing to worry about at all.

The writers, directors, producers and cast are so skilled that while the loss of Bea is most certainly felt, it takes nothing away from the show, in fact, it enhances it.

The “creative decision” to get rid of her, actually works as a catapult to propel the season forward into exciting new places.

The episode opens with the remaining prisoners discovering Bea has been murdered by the hand of The Freak and their reaction pretty much sums up the reaction of fans of the show.

A moving montage of Bea’s funeral (the public one outside the prison and the private one inside Wentworth where the prisoners create a monument to Bea in the exercise yard) pretty much wraps up her existence but promises her shadow will continue to extend over the series.

But with the end of the song it’s clear nothing is going to be the same inside those prison walls – The Freak is facing more time inside for murdering Bea and that has her even more unhinged, Franky (the extraordinary Nicola da Silva) has a weird stalker, Kaz (Tammy MacIntosh) is putting her stamp down as the new top dog and she has a very different approach to Bea and Vera (Kate Atkinson) is prepared to go to any length to cover up her involvement in the death of Bea.

Bea’s cell mates in Block H share a mixture of resignation to their new life inside without her or burning rage (captured most eloquently through Katrina Milosevic’s sensational performance as Boomer).

Then there is Bea’s former lover, Ali, giving Kate Jenkinson the moment to deliver the show’s most harrowing scenes as she deals with her loss.

The scene where she tries to exact revenge on The Freak for slaying her lover is incredibly powerful and the inevitable breakdown that elicits is extremely difficult to watch.

Twenty minutes into the first episode and you are already gripping to your seat wondering what the hell the writers have in store for you next and you have nearly forgotten Bea was ever on the show (but for the regular pans across her prison memorial).

And that is why Wentworth has endured into its fifth season without skipping a beat, it is why the series has been able to build on itself each episode never wavering from its dark, dank commitment to being dark and dank.

There are very few shows that can boast killing off a key character and not only remaining as strong but somehow getting better.

Sure, it would be easy to throw all your energy into the first episode to make sure people tune in again then take your foot off the pedal, but Wentworth just pushed the pedal down even harder for episode two where the show settles into its beat again but still has you grinding your teeth with anxiety.

Wentworth is, hands down, the best drama has produced in years and the creatives behind it need to be roundly commended for nursing the show across what could have been its moment to jump the shark.

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Exploitation grows from ethical issue to investment risk

ATKIN Tuesday May 2, 2006. AFR Photograph by Glenn Hunt Ph. 0416258914 DAVID ATKIN- JUST super. SPECIALX 00050166 Photo: Glenn HuntIt is little wonder employees, investors and consumers have hit zero tolerance on wage fraud issues.
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With convenience store giant 7-Eleven so far forking out $83 million in compensation to thousands of employees and Domino’s embroiled in wage fraud allegations, along with Caltex, it is little wonder worker exploitation has moved from being an ethical issue to an investment risk.

The spectre of tough new laws, beefed up penalties and the heightening interest of short sellers has made a lot of companies – and industries – nervous.

Not surprisingly, it has prompted a number of super funds to raise concerns with fund managers that invest their members’ money in companies that have been caught up in underpayment scandals.

The latest is Cbus, which has 740,000 members and manages $36 billion of members’ money. Fairfax can reveal Cbus wrote to a number of fund managers that manage some of their funds under management to look deeper.

Cbus’ David Atkin told Fairfax Cbus requires its active investment managers to “fully incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in their investment processes”.

In relation to Domino’s, Atkin said Cbus continued to engage with its fund managers and the company on the issues and the approach it was taking to seek to address them. “We have also written to all active equities managers acting on behalf of Cbus … to request that they satisfy themselves that appropriate sustainability mechanisms are in place across franchise-model companies in which they invest,” he said.

Cbus follows First Super, which wrote to Perpetual, IFM, Allan Gray and Eley Griffiths Group, questioning Domino’s business model.

First Super told the fund managers: “We are now very concerned about the sustainability of franchisee businesses, the implications for their staff and contractors, and what this means for investment risk.”

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, which was found to have rampant underpayment issues across its franchise network, has become one of the top 10 most heavily shorted stocks on the ASX.

The growing concern of companies being exposed to worker exploitation has created a booming business for consultancy groups such as PPB Advisory.

PPB recently appointed Siobhan Hennessy, a partner at Deloitte, to join its ranks. Hennessy played a key role in 7-Eleven’s compensation schemes, which so far have paid back $83 million to more than 2000 underpaid workers.

In a client newsletter to be released this week, titled Scrutiny of Domino’s highlights how investors are moving towards zero tolerance on labour market indiscretions, PPB says has moved into a new era of ethical investing where risk management is imperative. “It is not enough for a company to deliver good economic returns and not be sinful,” it says.

“Unfortunately for any organisation dealing with public scrutiny over its business practices, the court of public opinion is likely to influence investors, particularly if the organisation is slow to respond to allegations, or is not willing or unable to be transparent around its activities.”

It gives a warts-and-all account of what can happen if a company gets caught up in a wage fraud scandal: possible legal action, investigations by the ATO, ASIC and the Fair Work Ombudsman, fines, compensation and untold reputational damage.

It advises companies to undertake a risk assessment of their labour force, subcontractors or franchisees to ensure there is no wrongdoing. It also suggests the introduction of a compliance program that reviews and tests the various employment terms of subcontractors, labour hire firms and franchisees.

The newsletter is written against the backdrop of imminent changes to the law and higher penalties, which will make it increasingly difficult for companies to turn a blind eye to wages fraud in their supply chain. iFrameResize({resizedCallback : function(messageData){}},’#pez_iframePizzaPointer’);

On March 1 the Turnbull government introduced the Protecting Vulnerable Workers Bill, which proposes new penalties and laws to make franchisors and holding companies on the hook for workplace abuses if they have significant control or influence on the franchisee.

The legislation was listed on March 20 but quietly taken off the program last week with two other Fair Work Bills listed in its place.

But the public appetite – and investor concern – is there. While the bill is unlikely to be listed at the next sitting of Parliament, due to the federal budget, it can’t be far away.

The Opposition, particularly the shadow minister for employment and workplace relations, Brendan O’Connor, has made it clear he is determined to keep up the pressure. “ns have a right to know where this promised legislation has disappeared to,” he told Fairfax. Indeed.

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Captain Fyfe breaks silence on Dockers debacle…

Nat Fyfe has broken his silence about his future with Fremantle but again failed to commit beyond 2017 amid talk he could be traded in exchange for top draft picks at year’s end.
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But the Dockers captain did state the obvious on Tuesday when analysing the lack of skill shown by his teammates.

“We are confident, it’s just about having the ability to execute under pressure,” Fyfe said.

Fremantle has come under heavy fire since Sunday’s dismal 89-point loss against Port Adelaide.

The 2015 Brownlow Medallist backed coach Ross Lyon to lead the club out of the doldrums, saying the players were fully supportive of the coaching staff.

“They have the philosophy and mentality to take us where we need to go,” Fyfe said.

“We’re in a position that we don’t like to be in but we’re working through that.”

The 25-year-old said he was “firmly focused on leading the team along with the leadership group” despite constant, intense speculation over his future with the club.

“I see my future at Freo and have said I’d always wait until a particular time to discuss contracts,” Fyfe said.

“Wins and losses won’t impact that.”

The coach, senior players, recruiters and management have been hit with a barrage of criticism this week after the crushing loss at Adelaide Oval.

Even the most loyal fans are fed up with a team that looked to many to not really care about winning the match.

Former club legends Peter Bell and Paul Hasleby were just two who expressed concern with the club.

“It’s sad to say as a Fremantle person, but this is as bad a position that the club has been in – in its history,” Hasleby told Radio 6PR.

“Everybody at that club has to be on notice at the moment.”

But Fyfe insisted there was some talent coming through, urging fans to get “really excited” about young recruits like Griffin Logue and Harley Balic.

“I’m passionate about this footy club and want to help the club any way I can,” Fyfe said.

“I’m up for the challenge.”

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Supreme Court to view Walla tip where devastating December 2009 fire beganPhotos

Supreme Court judge visits scene of 2009 fire IGNITION POINT: Alan Hunter at the Walla tip the day after the fire broke out. Mr Hunter said at the time that he had previously raised concerns about the fire threat at the tip.
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NEIGHBOUR: John Seidel

TweetFacebook 2009 Gerogery bushfireTHE starting point of a devastating bushfire that raged from Wallato Gerogery, destroying hundredsof hectares of unharvested crops, killing hundreds of sheep and cattle and burning down four homes will be viewed on Thursdayby a Supreme Court judge presiding over a massive damages claim.

Justice Michael Walton will viewthe Walla tip, where the fire started on December 17, 2009, as well as viewing Gerogery, about 14 kilometres away, where the fire caused most damage.

Some 57 people are involved in a class action against Greater Hume Shire Council, claiming the fire was caused by council’s tip management failures.

Council is defending the claim on several grounds, including denying it breached a duty ofcare and that the fire was caused by tip management failures.

The 2009 fire.

In the Wagga courthouse on Tuesday, John Seidel, a research agronomist who owns a farm near the Walla tip, gave evidence of smelling smoke when he went home for lunch on the day of the fire.

He said he went outside and saw smoke billowing above the tip, about three kilometres away.

“I said to my wife a few choice words about we are in trouble,” Mr Seidel said.

Earlier, another farmer who neighbours the tip, Martin Jacob, was questioned about grass at the tip and at the adjoining Wallagolf course, which at the time was not being used for golf.

The 2009 fire.

In answer to a question by counsel for the plaintiffs, Tim Tobin SC, Mr Jacob said grass, including rye grass and phalaris, at the tip was “up to your waist high” in places.

“At that time of year is that type of vegetation cured?” Mr Tobin asked.

“Dry, do you mean?” Mr Jacob replied.

“Yes,” Mr Tobin said.

“Yes, very much,” Mr Jacob said.

“Can you tell the court if it was light, moderate or heavy vegetation.

“Heavy.”

“That year, 2009, compared to the previous two or three years was it poor, good or very goodgrowth.”

“It was exceptional growth,” Mr Jacob said.

A fire victim, Alan Hunter, will give evidence on Wednesday.

The trial is expected to be adjourned back to Sydney on Thursday for expert evidence, including fromthe Rural Fire Service and the Bureau of Meteorology.

Daily Advertiser, Wagga

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Who you work with matters more than your pay: happiness survey

The freedom you have to do your job and the support you get from colleagues and bosses is more likely to make you happy than your pay packet, a new study has found.
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And while working longer hours might help make you more successful, it is also more likely to make you miserable once you start clocking up more than 40 each week.

A new Curtin University analysis of national data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in survey also suggests you are more likely to be satisfied working for a small business instead of a larger company.

Report author Associate Professor Rebecca Cassells from the Curtin Business School says the new study reveals that ns who work for themselves or in small businesses, in the not-for-profit or government sector and workers that can do some of their work from home each week are more likely to be satisfied in their jobs.

Former Apple executive Diana Ryall is 70 and works as a career coach and mentor because she loves her job. The survey found people are more likely to work past the age of 70 for the same reason.

“I always thought at 70 that I would step back from work but … the work I do is what I am passionate about,” she says.

The study: Happy Workers: How Satisfied are ns at Work? found people working for smaller firms have higher levels of job satisfaction that those at bigger companies.

“Big corporations can learn from smaller ones when it comes to having a happier workforce,” Associate Professor Cassells said.

The analysis of data from 17,000 people across the country, including 11,000 with jobs, found the major key to happiness was the job itself.

“We can see through our analysis it’s the job itself and how you are able to go about your work and who you have beside you and management practices,” Associate Professor Cassells said.

Rhonda Brighton-Hall, chief executive officer of the company and think-tank Making Work Absolutely Human, commissioned the report and said it showed “it’s what you do, how you are able to go about your work and who is alongside you that matters the most when it comes to job satisfaction”.

Other key findings of the report include:

– About 40 per cent of n workers report being ‘very satisfied’ with their job security and 36 per cent with their flexibility to balance work and non-work commitments.

– Generations X and Y are more likely to report being dissatisfied in their job than other generations.

– Higher levels of education levels do not necessarily result in greater satisfaction at work.

– Women are more likely to be “very satisfied” in their job than men – 31 per cent compared to 27 per cent.

– Satisfaction with job flexibility and hours of work decrease rapidly beyond 38 hours per week.

– 35 per cent of community and personal service workers report being very satisfied in their job overall, while 26 per cent of accommodation and food services workers report being dissatisfied.

– A higher proportion of employees in the private sector report being dissatisfied with their job overall (20 per cent) compared to government (14 per cent) and not-for-profit (12 per cent) sector employees.

– ns who work for themselves or in micro-businesses are more likely to report being very satisfied with their job than those in big companies.

– People who report being ‘very satisfied’ with their job overall earn a lower average amount each week than those that report being ‘satisfied’.

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Maitland Magpies ready for take-off against Newcastle Jets Youth

READY: Maitland coach and former KB United goalkeeper Phil Dando.
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Maitland coach Phil Dando is sure about one thing when the Magpies finally play on Wednesday night against the Jets Youth.

They will be fresh.

After a first-round bye and four washouts, including the Charlestown match twice, Maitland travel to Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility for an 8.15pm game on the synthetic surface.

All other teams have played at least twice across the rain-marred opening four rounds of the NPL. The weather has also restricted preparations for Dando, who came in as coach just before Maitland’s first scheduled game.

Dando said the team trained at LMRFF on Tuesday night to adjust to the surface and he expected to have a full-strength side against the fast and mobile Jets Youth, who lost 4-1 to Charlestown on Saturday.

“I like it down there. It suits teams who can pass the ball and we’ve got some good players who can do that as well,” Dando said.

“We’re mobile so I can’t see any reason whyit won’t suit us either.”

“We’ve worked on a few things and one thing for sure is we’ll be fresh.

“We’re just going to have to play two games a week for a while, but in my experience, players would rather play games than train anyway. I think most will be happy with that.”

He was confident Maitland could carry on from last season, when they finished fourth and narrowly lost to Edgeworth in the semi-finals.

“I’m not going to change too much too early because they did well last season,” he said.

“They all thought they were unlucky not to get into the grand final and most of the team is the same as last season, so basically they go out and do the same.

“I’ve put in place a couple of patterns of play I think might help, and with that there’s a couple of new signingswho we all feel will strength the squad.We’re just going to go out and play, enjoy it and hopefully the results follow.”

Maitland’s major recruits are Shane Cansdell-Sherriff and AndrewPawiak, while Brock Oakley,Dean Heffernan, Matt Crowell and Nick Russell are losses.

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