March 6, 2017

Last week the Liberal Party, and particularly its leader, opted out of debate.

Following the inquiry into the racial discrimination act, there was no attempt to explain the case and to argue for the abolition of 18C and the human rights commission.  In fact, some ministers argued that free speech was not a significant issue!

How on earth do they expect to make improvements to social policies if they cannot discuss issues for fear of offending someone?

Following the FWC recommendation on Sunday penalty rates, the Prime Minister said he supported the independence of the commission but fai...

February 27, 2017

Last week, when the Fair Work Commission handed down its decision to reduce Sunday penalty rates by up to 25%, the headline response from the ACTU (Ged Kearney) and the ALP (Mark Dreyfus) was that this would result in a loss of up to $6,000 per annum for affected workers.

This claim should not go unchallenged.  Intuitively one can tell immediately that it is an exaggeration.

For a 25% reduction in Sunday pay to result in a $6,000 loss, the worker’s pay would need to have been reduced from $24,000 to $18,000. A person working 8 hour shifts, and working for 45 weeks of the year would work a total...

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