Recent publications

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Driving a soft bargain

OCCASIONAL PAPER | James Paterson and Aaron Lane

All current Australian Public Service Enterprise Agreements have a nominal expiry date of 30 June 2014, and are currently in the bargaining stage for the next suite of agreements. This report examines the APS Agreements of the Top 10 Commonwealth...

New union membership figures show need for reform

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The continuing decline of Australian trade union membership demonstrates the need for meaningful legislative reform, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the Australian Bureau of Statistics released new...

Trade Union Royal Commission must continue: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Today's decision by Dyson Heydon to remain as Trade Union Royal Commissioner should put this matter to rest and allow this corruption inquiry to resume its important work, according to Brett Hogan, Director of Energy and Innovation Policy at free...

Regulate unions and employer bodies like corporations: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Australia's workplace relations laws should ensure that the duties imposed on unions and employer organisations and penalties for non-compliance are equal to those that apply to companies, according to Brett Hogan, Director of Energy and...

Submission to the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption

SUBMISSION | Brett Hogan

From at least 1825, specific laws have existed to regulate trade unions, and since the passage of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904 (Clth), registered trade unions and employer organisations have enjoyed unique privileges under Australia's...

Productivity commission does not go far enough on workplace relations

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The Productivity Commission's Draft Report on Australia's Workplace Relations Framework is an important first step on the path of workplace relations reform, but more needs to be done, according to Brett Hogan, Director of Energy and Innovation...

Submission to Productivity Commission Inquiry on Workplace Relations Framework

SUBMISSION | Mikayla Novak

This submission is directed toward one aspect of the Australian workplace relations regulatory framework, specifically the minimum wage regime. This is consistent with that aspect of the Inquiry Terms of Reference investigating ʻfair...

74 per cent of businesses report government regulation is hurting them

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

"Today's ACCI business survey confirms the IPA's warnings that excessive red tape is strangling the Australian economy. More needs to be done to reduce the compliance burden on Australian businesses," says James Paterson, Deputy Executive Director...

Minimum wage hike to cost 100,000 jobs: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Aaron Lane and Mikayla Novak

"Today's minimum wage hike will continue to hurt low income households, young workers and the unemployed," said Aaron Lane, Research Fellow at the free market think thank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today an expert panel of the Fair Work...

Minimum wages must not rise: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Aaron Lane

"High minimum wages discourage employment and workforce participation. An increase in the minimum wage will particularly hurt the unemployed and low income households," said Aaron Lane, Research Fellow at the free market think tank the Institute...

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