Category Archives: IR

Challenging labour market conditions for young Australians

Professor Jeff Borland has recently published an informative labour market snapshot on What is happening to jobs for the young? As Professor Borland notes, employment opportunities for young people have declined significantly over the last few years as employers have become … Continue reading

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Hospitality suffering under IR regime

On my way back from the Boondall ice skating rink this morning I stopped in at my favourite north side cafe, Dandelion & Driftwood, and while walking back to my car I noticed this sign on the neighbouring restaurant:  The … Continue reading

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Tourism sector needs IR reform

You may have noticed how difficult it has become to get a single night’s accommodation during weekends in Australia, particularly via Wotif. And in yesterday’s Sunday Mail I noticed a large advertisement for two night weekend packages by Rydges, and … Continue reading

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Does the BCA seriously want to bring back the Sir Humphreys?

There is a lot that is good in the Business Council of Australia (BCA) CEO’s latest speech (Restoring a High-Performing Public Service), particularly the endorsement of principles for effective regulation that have been previously set out by the Productivity Commission, … Continue reading

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Moving Labour Day to October a good decision

Given the disruption to workplace productivity caused by having Labour Day so soon after ANZAC Day, I’m pleased the Government has decided to move Labour Day, rather than the Queen’s Birthday holiday, to October: Labour Day to be pushed to … Continue reading

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Was the ABS asleep during the Howard Govt (or has Work Choices gone down the memory hole)?

Former Treasury Secretary Ted Evans, who was the best in living memory according to Treasury old timers, gave a great speech in the 1990s in which he noted something along the lines of “a country chooses the level of unemployment … Continue reading

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Move Labour Day, not Queen’s Birthday

I’m pleased to read the Government is reviewing Queensland’s productivity-sapping cluster of public holidays in the first half of the year: Queen’s Birthday public holiday could be moved to later in year under controversial review of Qld public holiday system … Continue reading

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Time to cut our losses on industry assistance

Michael Stutchbury has a great article in today’s Australian calling for some hard headed thinking on IR and government support for manufacturing (Old talk on tax and jobs). He notes: The October 6 jobs forum announced by Julia Gillard and … Continue reading

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Public service entitlement culture

As a former public servant for both State and Commonwealth Governments, I remember it was acceptable practice in some agencies to take a “mental health day” off in response to a variety of circumstances, including breaking up with your boyfriend/girlfriend, … Continue reading

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$28 per week minimum wage increase would come at bad time

Bundaberg business owners are rightly concerned about the $28 per week increase in the minimum wage sought by the ACTU. From the Bundaberg News Mail: BUNDABERG business owners fear a proposed minimum wage rise of $28 a week could be … Continue reading

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