Suns bounce back with win over Saints

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GOLD COAST 2.5 5.7 11.12 17.15 (117) ST KILDA 1.3 4.6 7.9 9.10 (64)Goals: Gold Coast: T Lynch 4 A Sexton 2 H Bennell 2 D Stanley D Swallow J Lonergan J Martin J O’Meara M Rischitelli M Shaw S Day T McKenzie. St Kilda: J Bruce 3 R Stanley 2 D Armitage J Billings N Riewoldt T Curren.BEST: Gold Coast: Prestia, Bennell, Lynch, O’Meara, Shaw, May. St Kilda: Hayes, Ray, Newnes, Gwilt, Armitage, Savage.Umpires: Ben Ryan, Jason Armstrong, Andrew Stephens.Official Crowd: 12,027 at Metricon Stadium.

After two awful losses that have put a seemingly assured debut place in the finals in jeopardy,  Gold Coast  spoke of getting back to basics this week. And who better to do it against than this season’s likely wooden spooner? Surely, StKilda would be brushed aside if the Suns were serious about September.

But going back to basics means not thinking about September; it means focusing on the here and now. At the very least the Suns showed they were serious about that; contested possessions were up, so too overall disposals, and,  after taking just one mark in the first quarter last week, they grabbed 15 this time – eight of them inside 50.

That last statistic was one major difference between the teams, Nick Riewoldt’s tireless running notwithstanding – most of his possessions were forced well upfield – as the Suns ran out 53-point winners. The Saints had grimly stayed in touch for three quarters, but submitted in the end, a six-goal last quarter ensuring the result.

Tom Lynch started and finished the match most strongly, with four goals and six marks. But the Suns had too many options overall, with a spread of 12 players booting majors, the last a signature 65-metre ‘‘cannon’’ by Trent McKenzie. And many of their worst performers last week bounced back in the way that good players should.

Chief among them were ball-winners Jaeger O’Meara and Dion Prestia, who provided much-needed leadership and poise. Harley Bennell became more influential the longer the match progressed, adding a touch of A-grade class the Suns have sorely lacked in Gary Ablett’s absence.

The upshot? Well, the Suns are back in the eight for now, but they’ll still want to get a whole lot better than they were for long stretches against the Saints if they are to be anything more than cannon fodder without Ablett. You could have cued the Benny Hill theme at several points in the first half as the teams traded turnover after turnover. At times it looked like an exhibition of two teams on the bottom of the pile, not just one. Perhaps the Suns were too desperate to atone for last week’s atrocity against the Brisbane Lions, and thinking about the past, surely, is as fatal as thinking about the future in football.

Their performance was tight and, at times, ill-tempered; several times in the first half squabbles between players threatened to boil over into a full-blown melee. Commendably, the umpires let the play go, but it remained a comedy of errors. Momentum shifts had as much to do with concentration lapses as skill.

The best/worst moment came late in the first quarter when a passage of kick-to-kick between the two teams finished with a goal to the Suns’ Matt Shaw that was more embarrassing than exhilarating. And both sides missed elementary shots at goal throughout.

The Suns preserved a slender lead at half-time but the Saints had the better of the momentum and there might have been some nervous players in the change rooms. It swung quickly after the breakthough, three goals in five minutes to the home side quickly taking their advantage out beyond four goals.

The Saints had their opportunities to put pressure on  but blew them, often at critical times, whether it was missing goals or gifting them to their opponents. They nagged away for three quarters, and former  Giant Josh Bruce was a bright light with three goals, but never looked like providing much more than nuisance value.

One player kept showing how football is played. Lenny Hayes may be in his last season but it’s to his everlasting credit that he will leave the game as an example to everyone, particularly to his teammates, of how it should be done.

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NRL accused of double standards

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A Balmain Leagues Club director has accused the NRL of double standards after it bailed St George Illawarra out of financial trouble without taking away any of their joint-venture partners’ voting rights.

The allegation comes just before a historic annual meeting that will reshape the Wests Tigers board.

In another important development for Balmain’s future, a Supreme Court action against Rozelle Village scheduled for Monday has been postponed, after the feuding parties agreed to give the foundation club a one-year extension before the developer calls in the loan.

The Balmain Leagues Club elections will take place at the Tigers’ Five Dock premises on Sunday, which which will affect the composition of the Wests Tigers board.

Half of the Balmain board is up for election, meaning three spots will be decided at the ballot box. Two of those will transfer as directors of the Tigers, to join two Western Suburbs board members.

The NRL is in the process of appointing three independent directors to the Tigers board, and they will effectively have control of the club as the Balmain directors have relinquished voting rights in exchange for the governing body picking up the club’s financial shortfall.

Incumbent Balmain director Gary Leo, a prop from Balmain’s last premiership team in 1969, savaged the NRL for putting conditions on its financial assistance to Balmain, while claiming St George Illawarra’s joint-venture partners were not penalised when the Dragons were being propped up by head office.

“The NRL want to take a charge over the Balmain share of the Wests Tigers when they bailed St George out without conditions,” Leo said. “I can’t see any difference, they are discriminating against the Balmain Tigers.

“He’s lending us the money we’re due as a 50 per cent shareholder of Wests Tigers and we’re a shareholder in the NRL, so he’s a pretty good banker, [NRL CEO] Dave Smith.

“I don’t understand how we let this go on.”

Leo said Balmain officials were keen to meet with Smith and ARL Commission chairman John Grant to discuss the situation. He believed all clubs were entitled to between $17 million and $18 million a year from the NRL’s coffers to get their affairs in order.

“I think what the NRL is doing is completely against the constitution of clubs,” he said. “Apparently there is a future fund there – the future needs to be now. They should give that money to the clubs to put them on a better footing.

“I agree some football clubs aren’t managed how they should be … if they can’t manage their finances after getting those funds, they should be out.”

Five candidates will be jockeying for three spots when Balmain members go to the ballot box.

Leo and chairman Danny Stapleton are up for re-election, while another incumbent, Mark Crowe, is stepping down to concentrate on his business interests. Les Hobbs, Austin Hoyle and Scott Drummond are also going for the positions.

It is understood at least one mystery benefactor has emerged with a proposal to redevelop the old Balmain Leagues Club site, and the parties have got a year to resolve the stalemate. The leagues club owes Rozelle Village about $8 million and allegedly defaulted on a series of loans, but there are hopes the parties could come to an agreement.

Leo, who was invited on to the board at the start of the year, hoped members stuck with the status quo at the elections to avoid further disruption.

“Only three weeks ago we were talking about voluntary administration,” he said. “I hope the Balmain members persevere with the current board because they have been under a lot of pressure, there has been a lot of angst over the last 12 months when they were calling in the loan. Now we have some sort of relief. Hopefully the members will stick with what we’ve got so we can go forward.”

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Pictures: Sandhurst v Castlemaine

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Pictures: Sandhurst v Castlemaine Action shots of Sandhurst’s 104-point BFL win over Castlemaine on Saturday at the QEO. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Action shots of Sandhurst’s 104-point BFL win over Castlemaine on Saturday at the QEO. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Action shots of Sandhurst’s 104-point BFL win over Castlemaine on Saturday at the QEO. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Action shots of Sandhurst’s 104-point BFL win over Castlemaine on Saturday at the QEO. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Action shots of Sandhurst’s 104-point BFL win over Castlemaine on Saturday at the QEO. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Action shots of Sandhurst’s 104-point BFL win over Castlemaine on Saturday at the QEO. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Action shots of Sandhurst’s 104-point BFL win over Castlemaine on Saturday at the QEO. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Action shots of Sandhurst’s 104-point BFL win over Castlemaine on Saturday at the QEO. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Action shots of Sandhurst’s 104-point BFL win over Castlemaine on Saturday at the QEO. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Action shots of Sandhurst’s 104-point BFL win over Castlemaine on Saturday at the QEO. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Action shots of Sandhurst’s 104-point BFL win over Castlemaine on Saturday at the QEO. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

Action shots of Sandhurst’s 104-point BFL win over Castlemaine on Saturday at the QEO. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

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Temora edge closer to finals as Tumut miss top four

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Niko Degei, pictured hurdling Waratahs fullback Steve Tracey, scored a try in the Tuskers win over Young.

TEMORA put one foot in the finals door, coming through a close encounter against Young by six points.

Both teams needed a win to enhance their chances of playing finals football, but it was the Tuskers than come away with a 20-14 win at Cranfield Park.

Temora has leapfrogged the Yabbies, moving into second place and now have a two points, plus percentage, advantage with a round to play.

Tackling Cootamundra next Temora are in the box seat to face, with Young’s destiny no longer in its own hands.

The Yabbies need Cootamundra to upset the Tuskers, while they also need to snap a six week winning streak against first division leaders Wagga City at Conolly Rugby Complex on Saturday.

Wagga City assured its place in the finals, pummelling Leeton 64-21 at No. 1 Oval.

Holding a three-point buffer over Young coming into the weekend, the bonus point win puts the Boiled Lollies five points, plus percentage, clear at the top of the second tier competition.

Johnny Blackmore and Nat Shaw both crossed for doubles in the big win.

The loss ends Leeton’s horrific season with only a win and a draw to its name.

The one bright point for the Phantoms was the shock win over Albury.

WARATAHS have ended any hopes of Tumut playing premier division finals this season.

The ladder leaders shut the door on any final round calculations with a 33-17 win at Conolly Rugby Complex

With results not going the Bulls way, no matter what happens next weekend when hosting fourth-placed CSU.

Five points adrift from a finals berth, Tumut must now focus saving its season, with the elimination semi-final against Ag College on August 16.

Despite missing out a place in the four, the Bulls still stuck it to the Waratahs.

“Tumut have a very good back line, one of the best back lines in the competition that we’ve played against,” Waratahs coach Hugh Palmer said.

“Good, solid ball-running centres that knew how to move the ball as well as crash it up and our balls definitely had their hands full.”

With Tim Corcoran away, Dan Selmes moved to inside centre and Justin Shortis to outside centre and both had plenty of traffic directed their ways.

Waratahs had to play with 14 men when Dylan Galt was given his marching orders for repeated infringements by the team, and Palmer was impressed with how the defensive line took shape a man down.

“In that time they scored five points, but I think we did very well to hold out for almost ten minutes,” Palmer said.

“I’m just happy that our structures are coming together at the right time of the year.”

The Waratahs tackle Ag College in the week for the finals, and the coach expects them to come out firing.

“They basically got nothing to lose and I’m sure they would like to inflict some pain on us,” Palmer said.

“It’s a bit of a wary one as you want to win to keep the momentum, but at the same time you don’t want too many injuries and that sort of thing so we can’t take them too lightly.”

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From the coalface: Integrity the key

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You might have experienced working with someone who has lacked integrity. Perhaps it was a colleague who stole your idea, a supervisor who claimed victory for the team’s success, or the customer who did the wrong thing and expected you to pay for it.

It is unpleasant and the entire workplace can suffer for it. Relationships become strained, conflicts emerge, ideas are stifled and there is a reluctance to work together, limiting productivity and profitability. That is why integrity in the workplace is so vital, and it all starts by having it as an individual.

Most people understand integrity to be a core value, a stable force within. It is often thought about when we speak of morals and ethics and relates to a person’s character and level of honesty.

Integrity is this and more. It is about making the right choice, even if it goes against the general consensus or without you personally gaining from it. It is the way you live and how you act when no one else is watching.

So how do you ensure you are perceived as having high integrity in the workplace? Here are tips to help you showcase your integrity and use it to advance your career.

Be real and accountable

Know who you are, what you stand for and what your purpose is – beyond making money. Be real, honest and stay true to what you believe in. The best way to be seen as having integrity is to be real and authentic.

Employers look for workers and leaders who will move their organisation forward in line with their core values. A high level of integrity can mean you are seen as someone who is dependable, honest in your dealings and accountable for your own actions.

You are also more likely to be seen as a role model, someone who others will emulate. These are the characteristics employers want most in their staff, and the characteristics by which they promote leaders.

Build trust through consistency

Trust is the essential ingredient in any work relationship; you cannot build a strong team, profitable business or create loyal customers without it. Your ability to gain and keep the trust of your employer, colleagues and customers is crucial to your career advancement.

One of the keys to building trust is consistency. Your integrity and the consistency of your actions will speak far louder than anything you can say.

Whether it is accepting accountability when things don’t go well, sharing the credit when things do, or standing up for what is right, even at personal cost or consequence, showing your integrity consistently will put you in a position of influence with your colleagues and customers.

Act in the best interest of the company

When you act with integrity, you build a reputation as being someone who is able to put aside their own agenda and make decisions based on what is right, or, in this case, what is best for the company and its customers and employees.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to stay focused on the bigger picture and vision, being mindful of how your decisions and actions can impact on it. Sometimes it can involve making hard decisions or accepting hard decisions for the greater good, sacrificing short-term gains to ensure long-term success.

While you might have the best intentions, having integrity does not mean you will not or cannot make mistakes in the workplace; quite the opposite. The difference is that when you do, you own it, address it and rectify it.

I will leave the final word to US Alan Kooi Simpson, who so aptly explained: “If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.”

Paul Lyons is a careers and recruitment specialist.

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Hawks no match for Dogs

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Josh Bain was one of Gisborne’s best against Eaglehawk.EAGLEHAWK proved no match for Gisborne at Gardiner Reserve on Saturday in a Bendigo Football Leaguecontest that was already as good as over by quarter-time.

Chasing both their first top-five scalp and back-to-back winsthis season, the Hawks were blown away from the outset as Gisborne’s strong form continued with a commanding 105-point win, 22.12 (144) to 6.3 (39).

The Bulldogs’ sixth win in a row was set-up in the opening termwhen they belted the Hawks out of the middle to set up a 42-point lead at quarter-time, 7.6 to 1.0.

Gisborne’s half-time lead grew to 49 points, before the Bulldogs unleashed another of their trademark second halves of dominance, kicking 10 goals to one in what was a win that officially guaranteed them a top-three finish.

The Bulldogs had winners all over the ground, including Ethan Minns (six goals) and Jarrad Lynch (five), who combined for 11 goals.

Midfielder Tom May continued his impressive form, while wingman Josh Bain, Josh Govan and ruckman Tom Waters were others in the best for the Bulldogs.

“We’ve got a lot of experience out of the side at the moment and again, it was just good to see the young blokes step up and our depth is really starting to come through,” Gisborne assistant coach Jordan Barham said.

“And we’re defending really well, which is a good sign.”

The Bulldogshave conceded just seven goals their past two games against the Hawks and South Bendigo.

The loss cost the Hawks theirposition in the top five with three rounds remaining.

“We were never in the hunt today. They came out and blitzed us early,” Eaglehawk coach Luke Monaghan said.

“The centre clearances were 7-1 their way in the first quarter, their ball use was just super and our backs just couldn’t do anything.”

The Hawks lost the returning Ryan Threlfall to a shoulder injury early in the game, while Daniel Johnstone hurt a calf in the second term.

Onballers Riley McIvor,Josh Ketterer and Kevin Archbold were the best on a bitterly disappointing day for the Hawks.

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Benign to Five’s overlooked birthday

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Having their cake: Some love anniversaries, some don’t. Photo: Cincinnati ZooBENIGN TO FIVE

What’s that? Is it Benign to Five’s second birthday? Well, yes it is. But don’t make too much of a fuss. In fact, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to greet the news with a hearty ‘Who cares?!’ As regular readers will know, over an eight-week period in the late 1990s I worked as the senior accountant, Director of Tropical Adornments and dish collector at Smorgy’s Burwood. It was there where I developed something of an aversion to work-related anniversaries. The manager was a man with a volcanic disposition, fitting given that diners entered his restaurant through a giant fibreglass mountain replete with (static) lava flow and (on appropriate occasions such as Mother’s Day and Good Friday) billowing smoke. One minute he would be whistling some Mozart, the next he’d have a nearly empty goon bag of Fruity Lexia in one hand and be screaming the theme song from Kingswood Country into a megaphone with the other. When he wasn’t inebriated, riding around the restaurant on a tapia or sticky taping raspberries to cantaloupes and yelling ”I’m making bosoms!”, he was demanding that we celebrate his latest anniversary. The anniversary of his best haircut. The anniversary of the Spatula Affair. The anniversary of the introduction of chutney as a condiment (his ”innovation”). On top of that, it seemed to be his 25th work anniversary eight or nine times in the 35 days I was there. He wanted the lights dimmed and sparklers lit each time. And supermarket chocolate cakes. Oh, the supermarket chocolate cakes. I get hyperglycemic just thinking about them. And that’s why I wish you hadn’t brought up Benign to Five’s birthday at all.Jonathan Rivett isn’t usually so self-indulgent at haught老域名.au

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Productivity: Pomodoro technique an easy solution

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Apparently, when I sit down to work, I’m not dissimilar to a jackrabbit. No sooner does time start ticking away than I jump up to make a cup of tea, find an ”essential” piece of paper or, in all likelihood, make another cup of tea.

But are long attention spans really the key to productivity?

According to one theorist, Francesco Cirillo, short 25-minute bursts work wonders for getting stuff done, if only it we’d harness them correctly.

Enter the Pomodoro Technique. This approach to time management asks the fidgety worker to decide upon a task, set a kitchen timer (usually for 25 minutes) and simply focus till the buzzer goes. No Facebook. No brewed beverages. No rustling around for files. Just you, glued to one specific task until that buzzer rings. At the sound, take a three- to five-minute break before settling in for a second ”Pomodoro” session. After four sessions, you’ve earned 30 minutes off.

To me, it seems just another form of ”task blasting” (a productivity technique I like). But given the Pomodoro has books, eBooks, apps and trademarked websites (pomodorotechnique老域名) devoted to it, I’m open to giving it a whirl.

The website informs me I need to go through six steps to become a ”Certified Pomodoro Master” (no, I can’t figure out if they’re serious), by dividing my day into specific tasks and deciding how many Pomodoros I’ll need to get there. There is something involving a ruler which I tune out on halfway through the video (see, short attention span – I think they’ve overestimated their target market). Instead, I just decide to start.

What’s immediately lacking is the cute looking tomato-shaped timer (Pomodoro means tomato in Italian) commonly used by Pomodoro converts. The turning of the timer is apparently satisfying, as is the zing of the buzzer. I have no quibble with either, however, with no mechanical tomatoes hanging around my office, and in acknowledgement that ordering one from the website would be contraindicative to today’s productivity efforts, I decide the timer on my phone

Pomodoro one is a breeze. Focused and energised by the  specific nature of the challenge, I forge ahead. When the phone buzzes, I make a direct beeline for the kettle. After all, with only a three- to five-minute break between Pomodoros, there’s no time to waste.

Set two also starts out well. Sipping the tea (surely permissible, seeing as I made it on my break?) keeps me glued to the chair, and despite a minor fidget at 18 minutes, the keyboard and I remain one until the magical 25th minute.

Set three also proves productive, but it’s around this 90-minute mark that things fall apart. My supposedly short break is interrupted by a phone call, and five minutes expands into 15. Eventually, heading back to the computer, I’m keen to stroll, take a mental break, or embrace a change of scenery. Still, being only 75 per cent through my set of four Pomodoros, I have to keep going, right?

Well, no. The beauty of being in charge of your time is that – yes, you’re in charge of your time. Three Pomodoros and I’m a pumpkin. Nonetheless, this productive hour and a half provides a few obvious wins: it’s short and achievable, it’s focused, and it keeps my caffeine intake down.

Sue White is a freelance writer with a short-attention span. @suewhitewriter

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Tools of the trade

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Josh Masters and his favourite tool.TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Name: Josh Masters

Job: Buyer’s agent

Where: Your Empire

Why is it important? I act for the buyer in a property transaction. Generally, it’s time-poor professionals outsourcing that task to us. They’re busy wrapped up in their jobs, so rather than spend 12 weeks of Saturdays traipsing the footpaths, they get us to advise them on the best properties based on their budget, including the properties other buyers don’t see. The camera is my eyes for the client. Real estate sites show lovely photos, but when you go to see the property it’s very different. Generally they’re capturing the best shots and often using fish eye lenses to make the property stand out. Often our clients don’t even see the property before they purchase it. So they’re relying on me to convey as much about the property as possible; visually is the best way. I might take 20 or 30 photos of a property to show a client all the angles of what it looks like. I have an SLR camera; it’s bulkier than an iPhone camera but it’s worth it. What do your colleagues think? I don’t see a lot of people taking photos to the extent I do. Often buyer’s agents will go out and come back a second or third time with the client. Our clients are often too time- poor to do that, and also, speed is important – a good property will turnover very quickly. Unusual moment? Agents are great and understand why I need to do it. But I was recently at an open house and the tenant freaked out; she didn’t want photos taken, but all’s fair in love and war. How much does it cost? I love the SLR I have as I can do video blogs as well as take great pics. It has a flip out screen which is helpful. I bought it from Kogan for about $550; I thought that was a bargain.

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The shifting shapes of jobs

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Aged care is one of the best industries for job growth and stability. Photo: Peter BraigStart planning for a job in hospitality or aged care, if you want to shore up your future employment options. That’s the message from Australia’s leading demographer Bernard Salt. Other careers to consider include health and aged care, education, and work in cafes and restaurants.

Salt, who was addressing HR and recruitment managers at a Clarius Group industry breakfast, also identified science, technology, mining and public administration, and those jobs related to construction, as areas of greatest opportunity over the next decade.

His predictions are based on detailed studies of growth in these sectors in recent years and demographic trends which sees increased immigration, particularly from China, India and the Philippines, an aging population and the behaviour of Gen Y’s who are ‘stretching out’ their adolescence.

Salt says the main game is in health care and social assistance which currently employs more than 360,000 people. This is largely being driven by the aging population.

“There are currently 1300 jobs that comprise the Australian economy, representing some 11 million workers,” says Salt. “Between 2006 and 2011 the fastest growing job was aged and disability carer. And yet the oldest baby boomer is still only 66. Is this a space to be in? Yep.”

Salt believes that baby boomers will invent a space called portfolio lifestyle, where they gradually work fewer and fewer days, eventually resigning to come back as a contractor, consultant, mentor, or director. “This will create a blurring of work with lifestyle.”

But even Salt was surprised at the extent of the growth of jobs in takeaway food. In 2006 around 145,000 people were employed in the industry. Five years later an extra 60,000 people had been employed. “That’s ten thousand people per year being recruited,” says Salt. “It don’t get no better than that.”

Equally important is the list of the top 10 jobs contracting over the same five year period. Predictably, manufacturing is right up near the top. But taking out the top position was that of secretary, but with a drop of 30,000.

“The reason is that over those five years, senior management learnt how to type,” says Salt. “No longer a need for a memorandum, there’s an audit trail of who-said-what-to-who, through email.”

Shelf-fillers in supermarkets are also on the decline, with 6000 jobs lost between 2006 and 2011. Salt puts this down to the advent of display friendly packaging, where an entire palette of goods is placed out on the floor, such as in ALDI.

He warns that times will be tough for low skilled workers looking for jobs over the next ten years.  “Until the GFC hit, you could be a 15-year-old, barely literate, barely numerate, and still get a job in a factory, on a farm, in a shop, in a warehouse, or as a waiter. Where do unskilled, low-skilled, or barely skilled people get a job in the back half of this decade if those sectors are shedding labour? Well they don’t. Social dysfunction could result as a consequence.”

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