The rise in digital platforms supporting the gig economy is the most significant recent change to the nature of work. Concern is growing that some of these platforms can shift costs and risk to gig workers and enable them to be exploited. In particular, these often low-paid and vulnerable workers are not covered by workers’ compensation schemes for injuries or illness they suffer due to their work.
If the Commonwealth government’s proposed reforms for the distribution of the GST revenue between the States and Territories is implemented, about a billion dollars a year of additional commonwealth funds will be spent to ensure “no state will be worse off”. But where the extra funds will come from is left to the imagination.
The recent decision of the NSW Court of Appeal in BB Australia Pty Ltd v Danset Pty Ltd  NSWCA 101 found that while there had been a clear breach of the franchise agreement, the franchisor had failed to show that loss had been incurred,or that a duty had been breached and thus was unable to obtain payment for the breach.
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