Aaron Lane

Aaron completed his undergraduate studies at Deakin University, completing a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in economics. He completed a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with the College of Law, which led to his admission to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2012. He also holds a Graduate Diploma of Theology and a Master of Arts – where he wrote a minor thesis applying moral theology to public policy – from the University of Divinity, graduating as Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar.

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America Has The Answer For Australia’s Failing Schools
23 February 2017

America Has The Answer For Australia’s Failing Schools

Australia must tackle the highly-centralised structures of public education if we are to stem the long-term decline of Australian students’ performance compared to the rest of the world. When it comes to public education, Australia has much to learn from the United States. Last week, the US Senate voted to confirm President Donald Trump’s controversial pick for Education Secretary, Betsy
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FWC Decision Means More Job Opportunities
23 February 2017

FWC Decision Means More Job Opportunities

“It is encouraging that the Fair Work Commission has moved in the right direction to make weekend work more secure,” says Aaron Lane, Legal Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. “Penalty rates are a penalty on jobs. The higher the penalty, the higher the barriers are into employment – putting the job market further out of reach for the
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Freedom of Religion is More Than Just Freedom of Worship
1 December 2016

Freedom of Religion is More Than Just Freedom of Worship

 Religious freedom is under threat from all sides, writes Aaron Lane.     ‘Regardless of whether Labor or Liberal wins the election, we still end up with a Catholic Prime Minister.’ You would think these were the words of a 1950s sectarian zealot. In fact, this was commentary on the 2016 Federal election by Victorian MP and Sex Party President Fiona
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Passage Of Registered Organisations Bill Warmly Welcomed
22 November 2016

Passage Of Registered Organisations Bill Warmly Welcomed

The passage through Parliament of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Bill in the early hours of this morning has been warmly welcomed by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “Australia’s workplace relations laws should ensure that as far as possible, the duties imposed on unions and employer organisations and penalties for non-compliance are equal to those that
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Public Service Perks Don’t Pass The Pub Test
17 November 2016

Public Service Perks Don’t Pass The Pub Test

Enterprise bargaining is a two-way street. Public sector unions cannot continue to argue that well-paid public servants deserve additional entitlements without considering the trade-offs that could be made. Public servants already enjoy generous conditions and entitlements that would not pass the pub test. The Commonwealth public services’ enterprise bargaining agreements notionally expired in 2014. To date, 65 agreements have been
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26 October 2016

Submission To The Inquiry Into The impact Of The Government’s Workplace Bargaining Policy

Enterprise bargaining requires negotiation from both sides. The government’s policy provides the flexibility for this to occur on the employer side. This is in stark contrast to the public sector unions’ bargaining policy, which, as the IPA understands, has objected to every single proposed APS agreement – including those agreements which have ultimately resulted in approval from employees. The IPA’s
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Code Red
1 October 2016

Code Red

While the Turnbull Government recently introduced legislation to the Parliament to prohibit EBA clauses that restrict an emergency management body’s ability to manage volunteers, this change does not go far enough. Instead, the Fair Work Act must be amended so that only matters pertaining to the employer-employee relationship are permitted in EBAs. This would not restrict the ability of unions
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8 September 2016

Opening Remarks To Victorian Parliament Ride Sourcing Inquiry

Regulatory decisions surrounding the ridesharing industry are of critical importance to the Victorian economy because they will set a precedent for the disruptive potential of the sharing economy more broadly. The most general principle underpinning our submission is the idea of ‘permissionless innovation’. That is, we believe a quality regulatory system, one that deals well with disruptive technologies and business
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21 July 2016

Potential Rorting A Warning For PaTH Program

Allegations of potential rorting of the Victorian Labor government’s ‘Back to Work’ scheme is a warning shot across the bow of the re-elected Federal Coalition government’s own wage subsidy program. Getting people into work is a laudable aim, but governments of all persuasions need to be careful of rent-seekers lining up to line their own pockets. The announcement of a
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Driving A Soft Bargain
15 December 2015

Driving A Soft Bargain

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 government Agencies or Departments by employee size. The APS Agreements provide that general salary levels for APS-level employees will incrementally
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