IMF and World Bank members must stop rise of economic non-order

Upcoming meetings offer a critical opportunity to start a serious discussion on rebuilding a global consensus

Next month, when finance ministers and central bank governors from more than 180 countries gather in Washington, DC, for the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, they will confront a global economic order under increasing strain. Having failed to deliver the inclusive economic prosperity of which it is capable, that order is subject to growing doubts – and mounting challenges. Barring a course correction, the risks that today’s order will yield to a world economic non-order will only intensify.

The current international economic order, spearheaded by the United States and its allies in the wake of world war two, is underpinned by multilateral institutions, including the IMF and the World Bank. These institutions were designed to crystallise member countries’ obligations, and they embodied a set of best economic-policy practices that evolved into what became known as the “Washington consensus.”

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Company that ‘fired’ woman for saying ‘it’s OK to vote no’ may have broken law

Childrens’ entertainment worker says she lost her job because her Christian beliefs do not permit a yes in same-sex marriage postal survey

A children’s entertainment company that allegedly sacked a contractor after she expressed opposition to same-sex marriage on social media may have breached discrimination law, experts have warned.

Experts including Sydney University associate professor Belinda Smith and Per Capita research fellow Tim Lyons note the law protects the political and religious views of employees and contractors, regardless of whether they support or oppose marriage equality.

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Send us your reports of same-sex marriage postal surveys gone astray

Evidence of deliberate tampering, duplicate forms, forms found in public places or votes for sale – please tell us about anomalies you see

After the mail-out of same-sex marriage postal survey forms, which started on 12 September, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has advised Australians to seek help if their forms have not arrived by 25 September.

Related: Australian marriage equality vote explainer – the answer’s in the post

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Ms Dhu’s family gets $1.1m payment and state apology over death in custody

Ex-gratia payment comes as WA government moves to implement a custody notification system, which attorney general says may have saved Dhu’s life

The family of Ms Dhu have been awarded a $1.1m ex-gratia payment and a formal apology from the Western Australian government, which also plans to implement a New South Wales-style custody notification system.

The attorney general, John Quigley, announced the payment – which will be awarded to five family members – in a budget estimates hearing in state parliament on Wednesday.

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