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Deliveroo's exit from Australia shows why gig workers need more protection

By Alex Veen, Senior Lecturer and DECRA Fellow, University of Sydney
Caleb Goods, Senior Lecturer - Management and Organisations, UWA Business School, The University of Western Australia
Tom Barratt, Senior lecturer, The University of Western Australia
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Deliveroo’s decision to quit the Australian market, after what have been boom times for food delivery platforms, may seem surprising. But the writing has been on the wall for some time.

The British-based platform – one of the first to start operating in Australia – announced yesterday it was going into voluntary administration.

It cited “challenging economic conditions” and an inability to achieve “a sustainable position of leadership in the market” as key reasons for its decision.


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