In the Media


Centre Members and Associates frequently contribute to commercial news media by participating in radio and television interviews and writing for both print and online publications.

2018

  • Tarun Khaitan was on Podcast for Philosophy 24/7 'Indirect discrimination'.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham was interviewed on a Futures of Work project on 'Futures of labour migration'. He joined Huw Thomas in the studio to discuss the contemporary realities of labour migration as well as the potential for labour provisions in trade agreements to improve labour standards across borders. Listen to the podcast here, 19 December.
  • Beth Gaze was quoted in Wendy Tuohy's 'Bad behaviour or sackable offence: where is the line at the office Christmas Party?' in Sydney Morning Herald on 6 December and The Age on 10 December.
  • Tess Hardy (with Andrew Stewart and Jim Stanford) published 'The five not-so-easy steps that would push wage growth higher' in The Conversation, 29 November.
  • Tarun Khaitan was interviewed on ABC Big Ideas Program 'Is democracy in decline?', 27 November.
  • Alysia Blackham was interviewed on Drive with Jules Chiller on ABC Radio Adelaide, 30 October.
  • Tarun Khaitan published 'Indian democracy at crossroads' in Verfassungsblog, 22 October.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham was quoted in Paul Karp's 'Foreign donation laws at risk over Coalition change that "overrides" state rules' in The Guardian Australia, 15 October.
  • Beth Gaze was interviewed by Cathy Van Extel on ABC RN Breakfast on 'Should schools be able to exclude LGBTIQ students and teachers?, 11 October.
  • Beth Gaze's opinion piece 'Inequality Persists: Change comes slowly but society does not make it easy' in Sunday Age, 7 October.
  • Beth Gaze was quoted in Nigel Gladstone & Linda Morris' 'Minding the gap: older women head back to work to bridge superannuation shortfall' in Sydney Morning Herald, 30 September.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham was quoted in Paul Karp's 'Coalition's changes to finance bill would override state bans on political donations' on The Guardian, 28 September.
  • Tarun Khaitan was a guest speaker on ABC RN Drive on 'India's Supreme Court decriminalises gay sex', 6 September.
  • Beth Gaze's opinion piece 'Twitter sacking tests concept of free speech' was published on Herald Sun, 6 August.
  • Tarun Khaitan published 'On the gendered criminalisation of adultery' in Indian Constitutional Law and Philosophy, 3 August.
  • Beth Gaze's opinion piece 'Blurred lines: your employer, twitter and the law' was published on Pursuit, 2 August.
  • Tarun Khaitan published 'The essential practices test and freedom of religion: NOtes on Sabrimala' in Indian Constitutional Law and Philosophy, 29 July
  • Tarun Khaitan published 'Against natural rights - why the Supreme Court should NOT declare the right to intimacy as a natural right' in Indian Constitutional Law and Philosophy, 17 July.
  • Tarun Khaitan published 'On the presumption of constitutionality for pre-constitutional laws' in Indian Constitutional Law and Philosophy, 11 July.
  • Tarun Khaitan published 'Inclusive pluralism or majoritarian nationalism: Article 15, Section 377, and who we really are' in Indian Constitutional Law and Philosophy, 9 July.
  • Tarun Khaitan published 'A sinking, slow and steady' in The Indian Express, 18 May.
  • Tarun Khaitan published 'World's most powerful court on the brink' on IACL Blog, 14 May.
  • Tarun Khaitan published 'Was the centre right i resisting Justice Joseph's elevation?' in The Hindu, 4 May.
  • Alysia Blackham published 'Why mandatory retirement age should be a thing of the past' in The Conversation, 9 April.
  • Tarun Khaitan (with Rohit De) published 'What constitutionalism calls for' on The Times of India, 16 January.
  • Beth Gaze was interviewed on ABC News 24 on 'Pay equality in Australia and Iceland's recent equal pay legislation', 4 January.

2017

  • Joo-Cheong Tham was interviewed on Sky News on 'Big Idea on Politics HQ, Pitch: Political parties should be banned from receiving donations from overseas and foreign government', 8 December.
  • Joo-cheong Tham was interviewed by Jon Faine on ABC Mornings, 30 November.
  • Maria Azzurra Tranfaglia commented 'La responsabilit√† di denunciare non pu√≥ essere lasciata solo ai singoli' on the Wage Theft Report released by Laurie Berg and Bassina Farbenblum in Il Globo (print edition in Italian), 23 November.
  • Helen Anderson was interviewed by Tracey Halmes on ABC NewsRadio, 12 September.
  • Joo-Chenog Tham was interviewed on ABC World Today on 'Victorian Anti-Corruption watchdog won't investigate opposition leader over lobster lunch', 31 August.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham was interviewed on ABC 7.30 Report on 'The Labour Party, the Chinese property developer, and the seat in NSW Parliament', 6 June.
  • Helen Anderson was interviewed by Hamish McDonald on Radio National Breakfast, 25 May.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham published 'Tighter Clamp on Foreign Workers No Quick Fix' on Herald Sun, 21 April.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham was interviewed on SBS World News on 'Exclusive: exploitation of Vietnamese students rampant among Melbourne businesses', 20 April.
  • Helen Anderson was interviewed by Raf Epstein on ABC Radio Melbourne Drive, 27 February.
  • Maria Azzurra Tranfaglia published 'Italy back to the future? A look at the ballot questions aimed at repealing the latest labour market reforms' in community contribution in Il Globo (online edition in English), 30 January.

2016

  • Tess Hardy was quoted by Pia Ackerman in 'Is the Caltex franchise model worse for workers than 7-Eleven?', 16 November.
  • Beth Gaze was interviewed on ABC News 'Prof Beth Gaze discusses a new report showing it could take 170 yrs to close the gender pay gap', 26 October.
  • Helen Anderson published 'Illegal phoenix activity is costing us billions - here's how it could be stemmed' in The Conversation, 26 September.
  • John Howe was interviewed on ABC Illawarra on 'Coles-SDA Enterprise Agreement failing to pass the Better Off Overall Test in the Fair Work Commission', 5 September.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham was interviewed on 'Foreign political donations' on ABC 7.30 report, 1 September.
  • John Howe was interviewed by Ann Arnold on ABC RN Background Briefing 'Workplace dispute at Carlton & United Breweries', 26 August.
  • John Howe was interviewed on ABC RN Drive on 'New policy means Australians can "cash out" annual leave', 4 August.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham was interviewed on 'Political donations by mining industry create undue influence over government' on RN Breakfast, 29 July.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham was interviewed on 'SBS Insight' on ABC Perth Drive 720, 27 July.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham was quoted by Debra Killalea on 'Wolf Creek in real life: Insight on SBS reveals visa exploitation horror' on news.com.au, 26 July.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham was interviewed on 'Fair Work, Fair Pay' on SBS Insight, 26 July.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham was quoted by Madeline King on 'Horror stories reveal risk of exploitation for foreign workers' on SBS, 25 July.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham was interviewed by Madeline King on 'Justice elusive for victims of forced labour' on SBS, 25 July.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham was interviewed on 'The Price of Politics' on RN Radio National, 19 June.
  • Alysia Blackham was interviewed on 774 ABC Radio Melbourne 'Mornings with John Faine', 10 June.
  • Alysia Blackham published 'The Case for Removing Judges' Retirement Age' in Pursuit, 9 June.
  • John Howe was quoted by Pia Ackerman in 'Safe Schools Founder Roz Ward Weighs Action Against La Trobe' in The Australian, 7 June.
  • Beth Gaze was interviewed on 'Women-only math jobs offered by University of Melbourne' by Bianca Branchetti in The Wire, 3CR Community Radio, 20 May.
  • Tess Hardy published 'Coalition and Labor moving on worker exploitation but potential loopholes remain' in The Conversation, 20 May.
  • Tess Hardy published 'Can 7-Eleven be trusted to clean up its own mess?' in The Conversation, 13 May.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham published '7-Eleven is the tip of the iceberg in worker exploitation. So who's turning a blind eye? in The Guardian, 12 May.
  • Tess Hardy reviewed 'FactCheck Q&A: Can foreign seafarers be paid $2 an hour to work in Australian waters, under laws passed by Labor?' in The Conversation, 14 March.
  • Alysia Blackham published 'Sham Self-Employment in the High Court: Fair Work Ombudsman v Quest South Perth Holdings Pty Ltd' in Opinions on High: The Melbourne Law School High Court Blog, 7 March.
  • Ingrid Landau published 'UK Companies Poised to Act on Forced Labour but Australia Lags Behind' in The Conversation, 17 February.

2015

  • Helen Anderson was interviewed by Sourceable, Australian Financial Review, Sydney Insolvency Blog, Lawyers Weekly and John Faine.
  • Helen Anderson (with Jock Collins, Roy Green, Helen Hodgson and Jason Zein) published 'Turnbull Seeks "Ideas Boom" with Innovation Agenda: Experts React' in The Conversation, 8 December.
  • John Howe was interviewed on ABC TV News for the story 'Metro launches investigation into more alleged underpayment of Melbourne train cleaners', 3 December.
  • Beth Gaze was quoted in Daron Jack's 'Coalface Tactics' in Pursuit (first published in Legal Affairs, Mining, Environment, Conversation on 20 November.
  • Tess Hardy published 'Franchising - All Care and No Responsibility' on The Conversation', 29 October.
  • Beth Gaze was interviewed on gender pay secrecy based on the article 'Let's Talk about your Pay, and Loudly' published in The Conversation on 25 September, by Emma Griffiths on Radio ABC 612 (Brisbane afternoon radio) on 25 September, and by Vicki Kerringan on ABC Local Radio Darwin on 29 September.
  • Maria Azzurra Tranfaglia published 'Law Allows Myer to Outsource Responsibility for Labour Hire Workers' in The Conversation, 28 October.
  • Beth Gaze published 'Let's Talk about your Pay, and Loudly' in The Conversation, 25 September.
  • Tess Hardy (with Andy Walsh) published 'Should We Expect More from Lead Firm?' in Pursuit, 9 October.
  • Tess Hardy published '7-Eleven: How the Franchise System Allows Exploitation' on The Age, 31 August.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham published 'Australia Grows Richer by Exploiting Foreign Students' in The Age, 19 August.
  • Beth Gaze was quoted in Leesa Smith's 'Government Report Claims Creating Female-friendly Workplace Would Force Intelligent, Male Employees to Resign' in Daily Mail, 6 August.
  • Helen Anderson published 'Is Illegal Phoenix Activity Rife Among Construction Companies?' in The Conversation, 12 June.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham (with Martina Boese and Iain Campbell) published 'Taking a Taxi Ride to an Inhospitable Workplace' in Inside Story, 5 June.
  • Tess Hardy published 'Weeding Out Worker Exploitation in the Food Supply Chain' in The Voice, 4 June.
  • John Howe was interviewed on 3CR radio (Stick Together show) regarding how the Fair Work Commission's role has changed from that of the former Conciliation & Arbitration Commission, 1 May.
  • Beth Gaze was interviewed by Sarah Farnsworth on ABC Radio National The World Today, on bias: Mr Gillard as parole board heard and advice to an organised crime figure, 24 April.
  • Maria Azzurra Tranfaglia published 'Australian Dream a Nightmare for Many Labour Hire Employees' in The Conversation, 18 February.

2014

  • John Howe was quoted in D Donaldson's 'Job Cuts Return Command and Control' in The Mandarin, 5 November.
  • Maria Azzurra Tranfaglia wrote an informative article about employment rights of migrant hospitality workers in Australia on Il Globo (Italian-language newspaper published in Melbourne), 2 October 2014.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham published 'Open Slather on Party Donations Isn't Working' in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald, 8 May.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham published 'Don't Ban Political Donors' in the Australian Financial Review, 7 May.
  • John Howe was quoted in "Axing IR Standard in Cleaning Means "Blind Eye" to Non-Compliance: Academic' in Workplace Express, 26 March.
  • Beth Gaze was quoted in Kyle Adoranti's 'Victoria's Freedom of Information Laws "Slow, Cumbersome and Expensive", Say Academic', Leader Community Newspapers, 14 February.

2013

  • Beth Gaze was interviewed on Radio 3CR Breakfast with Odile Gott on Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson and s18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, 24 December.
  • Beth Gaze was interviewed on ABC News Radio Afternoon with Shon Walker Wed on the appointment of Tim Wilson as Human Rights Commissioner and reform of s18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, 18 December.
  • Beth Gaze published 'Labour law academic calls for FWO-style body to enforce sexual harassment laws' on Workplace Express, 22 November.
  • Beth Gaze was quoted in Leanne Nicholson and Benjamin Preiss' 'Job applicants queried on stillbirth, abortion', The Age, 12 October.
  • Beth Gaze was interviewed by ABC Local Radio Drive (774)b with Libby Gorr on affirmation action in politics, 19 September.
  • Beth Gaze was interviewed on SYN Youth Radio Panorama on coalition government plans to reform s18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (the racial vilification provision), 6 September.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham (with Leigh Hubbard) published '457 visa scheme: time for a proper debate' on The Guardian: Comment is Free, 17 June.
  • Beth Gaze was quoted in Vince Chadwick's 'Dispute over bullying could affect schools' rights to expel students', The Age, 2 June.
  • Beth Gaze was quoted in Benjamin Preiss' 'Strike threat over limits on research, The Age, 1 April.
  • Kathleen Love, Beth Gaze and Anna Chapman's paper delivered at AIRAANZ industrial relations conference was reported on in 'High Court's Barclay ruling could spur employers to give evidence that helps their case: academics', Workplace Express, 14 February 2013.
  • Beth Gaze was interviewed by Phillip Adams on the Exposure Draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill (Cth), ABC Radio National, 29 January.

2012

  • Beth Gaze was interviewed by Derryn Hinch on Radio 3AW Drive Time on the gender based attacks on the Prime Minister, 21 September.
  • Beth Gaze was quoted in P. Hudson, 'Academics Point the Finger at MPs', The Herald-Sun, 18 September.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham's opinion piece '457 reasons for reform' was published in The Age, ABC, 29 May 2012. (Republished in (2012) 2 Migration Australia 37-38)
  • Beth Gaze was interviewed on SYN Youth News channel (internet) on the SA Liberal Party leader's comment that women should ignore discrimination: 'Gender Discrimination - Speak out or Shut up?', 24 May.
  • Beth Gaze was interviewed by Derryn Hinch on Radio 3AW Drive Time regarding Sidhu v Raphlis racist speech case, 15 May.
  • Beth Gaze was interviewed in F. Farouque, 'Patient Denied Vote Seeks Law Review', The Age, 7 May.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham's opinion piece "The Benefits of Deliberation in the Political Process' was published in The Conversation, 2 May.
  • Anna Chapman was quoted in an article in The Age on 'Legal right to flexible hours wins backing', 8 April 2012.

2011

  • John Howe was interviewed on ABC's 'Destination Unknown', 7:30 Report on Monday 21 November regarding the Qantas dispute.
  • John Howe appeared on Channel Ten's evening news bulletin on Friday 18 November in relation to the Victorian Nurses Industrial action dispute.
  • John Howe's opinion piece (with A. Forsyth and P. Gahan) published 'Weighty Measures: Bargaining in Balance' in the Australian Financial Review, 15 November.
  • John Howe's opinion piece 'Fair Work at work' on the recent Qantas industrial action dispute was published in The Age, 31 October 2011. This piece was co-written with Centre Associate Anthony Forsyth of Monash University.
  • John Howe was interviewed by Michael Kenny, SBS Radio, 31 October.
  • John Howe was quoted in an article on Reuters.com on 'Australian business groups warn strike plans threaten investment', 31 May 2011.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham's opinion piece 'Will Enterprise Migration Agreements help address skill shortages?' was published on The Drum, ABC, 25 May 2011.
  • John Howe published 'Job Watch Service Vital', Letter to Editor of The Age (sent on behalf of seven labour law academics), 27 April.

2010

  • Beth Gaze was interviewed for Women on the Line, National women's current affairs show, 3CR Melbourne on gender equality in the workforce and the Equal Employment for Women in the Workforce Act, 13 September 2010.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham's opinion piece 'Cashing out democracy' was published on The Drum, ABC, 30 July 2010.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham was mentioned in an article on political funding 'Call for ban on Labor's 'unfair' ad campaigns', published in The Age on 7 March 2010.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham's opinion piece 'Union fees to the ALP are special case' was published in The Age, 15 January 2010.

2009

  • Glenn Patmore, 'The Incurable Republic 10 Years On', The National Times, Fairfax Digital, 4 November 2009.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham's opinion piece 'Fake or not, perception is all in politics' was published in The Age on 23 June 2009.
  • John Howe was interviewed for 'The Union Show', Channel 31, March 2009.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham's article 'Public has a right to know who gives how much to whom' was published in The Age on 2 February 2009.

2008

  • Joo-Cheong Tham was mentioned in relation to political funding in The Age on 11 July 2008.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham was mentioned in relation to his forthcoming book about Australian political financial law in theCanberra Times on 11 October 2008.
  • Centre Director John Howe, and Anthony Forsyth were mentioned in relation to Work Choices in The Age on 19 September 2008.
  • Joo-Cheong Tham was mentioned in relation to criticism against the local government election system in The Age on 22 November 2008.

2007

  • Centre Director Colin Fenwick's opinion piece 'World can see our IR shame' was published in The Age on 7 June 2007.
  • Sean Cooney and John Howe's article 'Labours chance to cut IR knot' was published in the Australian Financial Review on 21 May 2007.
  • Centre member Joo Cheong Tham and Graeme Orr's article 'Turning taxes into spin' featured in The Age on 17 May 2007. To view this article, please follow this link.
  • Dr John Howe contributed to ABC's Lateline story (17 May 2007) concerning the fining of a Victorian Unionist after a dispute with a construction company over the employment of an apprentice. To view the transcript of the interview click here.
  • Centre Associate Jill Murray's article 'Unregulated markets do not exist' was published in The Age on 15 May 2006.
  • Centre Associates Jill Murray and Anthony O'Donnell's article 'Law wrestles with human rights' was published in The Age on 9 March 2007.
  • Joo Cheong Tham's opinion piece 'Our democracy encourages corruption and undue influence' was published in The Age on 2 February 2007. Follow this link to view the article.

2006

  • Centre Member John Howe was interviewed on the ABC's 7:30 Report in a story on AWAs broadcast on 15 June 2006.
    The link to the transcript is http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2006/s1664291.htm
  • Dr John Howe was interviewed on the ABC's 7:30 Report on 1 March 2006 concerning the question of whether liability for negligent acts in breach of the Victorian Children's Services Act 1996 (Vic) rests with a corporate employer or its employees.
    The link to the transcript is http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2006/s1581704.htm

2005

Joo-Cheong Tham published several opinion pieces on industrial relations, anti-terrorism laws and political campaign financing. Among his contributions were:

  • 'Habib's Right to Earn a Living', The Sydney Morning Herald (9 February);
  • 'The Government Should Not Hinder Habib', Australian Policy Online (17 February);
  • 'Political Donations Changes Favour the Rich and Increase the Risk of Corruption', Democratic Audit of Australia website (1 May);
  • 'Canberra's Latest Campaign Underlines the Need for Controls over Government Advertising', Australian Policy Online (21 July);
  • 'Big Parties, Big Money' (with Graeme Orr), The Age (25 July);
  • 'Public Relations One; Industrial Relations Nil' (with Graeme Orr), Australian Policy Online (21 July);
  • 'Donor Threshold Plan Over the Top', Sydney Morning Herald (30 May);
  • 'ASIO Could Become Our Secret Police', The Age (7 June);
  • 'The Failure to Provide Effective Judicial Oversight: Provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005 Cth.', Margo Kingston's Web Diary, Sydney Morning Herald (24 October).
  • Joo-Cheong was also interviewed by Triple R Radio on 26 October about his views on the impact of anti-terrorism laws.

  • John Howe, Jill Murray and Anthony O'Donnell's article 'Unfair Dismissal Laws Courting Trouble' appeared in the Australian Financial Review on 15 June.
  • John Howe's piece '"Deregulation" – or Re-Regulation?' was published in the University of Melbourne Newsletter, Uni News, Vol 14, No 9 on 30 May. John was also quoted in The Age on 29 June in 'Unions Choose to Tread Carefully around Legal Minefield'.
  • Richard Mitchell was interviewed by Radio National on 5 May during the program 'Life Matters' when he discussed a report produced by Centre members on the operation of the No-Disadvantage Test.
  • On 2 September, Colin Fenwick was interviewed on the program 'Done by Law', 3CR Radio, about the legal regulation of prisoners' labour.
  • The Herald Sun highlighted the Centre's views on the government's new IR policy in an article entitled 'It's IR Re-Regulation' (10 November). Workplace Express mentioned the submission presented by the Centre to the Senate Inquiry (18 November) and again in its article 'Don't Just Rely on Corporations Power, Say Academics' (21 November) (see further details under Submissions below). Australian Policy Online cited some of the Centre's views on the proposed industrial relations changes in an article entitled 'The Coalition's Proposed Industrial Relations Changes: An Interim Assessment' (17 November).
  • Centre Members issued several press releases during 2005. John Howe and Centre associate Dr Jill Murray's press release on 3 November was featured in The Age (4 November) in an article entitled 'Unionists Risk Jail for Peaceful Work' and in Workplace Express's article 'AFPC Will Lack Independence, Wages Will Go Down: Academics' (3 November). John Howe also commented on the topic during the PM Program on ABC Radio.
  • Centre Associate Anthony Forsyth's opinion piece 'Independent Umpire Has Role in the Workplace' was published in the Australian Financial Review, 28 July 2005.