Finding Flexibility In Your Workplace

Employees with young or disabled children have a special right to request flexible working arrangements under Australian law. Employers can only refuse the request on reasonable business grounds. In these cases, rather than refusing the request outright, they are encouraged to discuss working arrangements with their employees and, where possible, reach an agreement that balances…

Talking Higgs with Australian physicist Bruce McKellar

As news of the discovery of the Higgs Boson set off Higgsteria, leading Australian theoretical physicist Professor Bruce McKellar explained what it means for physics, Australia and the future. Speaking between sessions of the 34th International Conference on High Energy Physics in Melbourne, Professor McKellar said that the most exciting part of the Higgs announcement…

First budget of the season a preview to public sector pain

Australia has kicked off its annual budget season which this year will have wide-reaching ramifications for Australian engineers, scientists and other professionals. Matt Nurse reports. Many people think government budgets and the media frenzy that goes with them are more boring than Geoff Boycott’s batting but the fact remains budgets change lives and this year…