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No spare change: how charities, buskers and beggars aren’t feeling so festive in our cashless society

Image: Shuttlestock Collectors for the Paralympic Games carried donation buckets ahead of the recent Santa parade in Auckland, asking for gold coin donations. Onlookers...

Who’s really behaving badly? Confronting Australia’s cashless welfare card

Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP The government’s Cashless Debit Card almost fell apart on Wednesday night. Senator Rex Patrick’s refusal to support the government’s plans to make...

5 charts on what a Newstart recipient really looks like

Unless we know who who Newstart recipients are, we are likely to make wrong decisions about how much to pay them and whether...

Danger. Election 2016 delivered us Robodebt. Promises can have consequences

Automating something that couldn’t be automated is a promise that hurt. Shutterstock/thegreenhead.com Campaign promises can seem like so much noise and distraction; this morning’s announcement...
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Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.