Dignity of Work

Intrusions That Just Drive Us Crazy
21 June 2019

Intrusions That Just Drive Us Crazy

Maybe ASIC is trying to do to big public companies what the AFL is well on the way to doing to the game of Australian football. Numerous and never-ending changes to the rules, ever-shifting interpretations of those rules by an ever-increasing number of umpires and tribunals, and now the introduction of ”Behavioural Awareness Officers” patrolling through the crowd is a
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Delayed Adani Approval Highlights Australia’s Red Tape Crisis
13 June 2019

Delayed Adani Approval Highlights Australia’s Red Tape Crisis

“The delays to the Adani coal project caused by red tape, regulation, and government-enabled green activism must never be allowed to happen again to a resources project in Australia,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the Queensland government cleared Adani’s final significant environment requirement via approval of a
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Bureaucrats Immersed In Canberra Bubble Out Of Touch With Nation
3 June 2019

Bureaucrats Immersed In Canberra Bubble Out Of Touch With Nation

Last month’s federal election result throws up a worrying anomaly. The ACT electorates diverge markedly from the nation. In the ACT, the electors embrace the ALP big time. In the Canberra-based Australian Public Service, one group is under-represented: people who vote for the Coalition government. Federal bureaucrats apply an intense focus to diversity and inclusion. It is the subject of
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The Higher Pay Paradox
31 May 2019

The Higher Pay Paradox

In Australia, nothing is certain except death, taxes and increases to the minimum wage. And while understandably welcome news for workers, each wage hike tightens the noose around the necks of small business and millions of Australian job-seekers. Minimum wage cases have become a Groundhog Day-like ritual. Every year, the Australian Council of Trade Unions demands an unreasonably high increase,
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Another Blow For Job-Seekers
30 May 2019

Another Blow For Job-Seekers

“Like death and taxes, we can always count on a yearly minimum wage hike,” said Gideon Rozner, Director of Policy at the free market think tank Institute of Public Affairs. “Minimum wage decisions are predictable. The Australian Council of Trade Unions makes an ambit claim – in this case 6 per cent – and employer groups make a low-ball offer
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Living Wage, Universal Basic Income, And The Dignity Of Work
29 May 2019

Living Wage, Universal Basic Income, And The Dignity Of Work

Address to the 2019 Friedman Conference Sydney, Australia, 25 May 2019 Kurt Wallace, Research Fellow, Institute of Public Affairs Although the push to introduce a living wage in Australia may have experienced a recent setback, the concept has become a standard part of policy prescriptions on the left, along with the related idea of a universal basic income. This is
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Latest First Home Buyers Policy Is Shortsighted And Likely To Create A Bubble
14 May 2019

Latest First Home Buyers Policy Is Shortsighted And Likely To Create A Bubble

The now-bipartisan bank deposit subsidy scheme is a shortsighted policy which, far from solving the problem of housing affordability, is likely to push up house prices and make housing less accessible for first time buyers. Under the proposed scheme, first proposed by the government, a limited number of eligible households earning up to $200,000 would require just a 5 per
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We Must Keep Law-Breaking CFMEU On A Short Leash
8 May 2019

We Must Keep Law-Breaking CFMEU On A Short Leash

The survival of the Australian Building and Construction Commission has become a customary element of federal election campaigns. The ABCC was established in 2005, abolished in 2012, became the trigger for the 2016 double-dissolution election and was re-established that year. The ALP plans to abolish it if it wins the May 18 election. Perhaps many are ambivalent about the role
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IPA: Cut Red Tape To Boost Small Business
23 April 2019

IPA: Cut Red Tape To Boost Small Business

“Small business growth in Australia requires less red tape, not another taxpayer subsidised, government run scheme,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the government announced the establishment of the Australian Business Growth Fund. The fund will involve government partnering with banks to provide small and medium business owners
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244,000 Young Australians Missing The Dignity Of Work Due To Inflexible Industrial Relations
1 April 2019

244,000 Young Australians Missing The Dignity Of Work Due To Inflexible Industrial Relations

“Australia’s youth unemployment crisis is worsening as Australia continues to tumble down global international competitiveness rankings”, said Kurt Wallace, Research Fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the Institute of Public Affairs released a report, Expanding Economic Opportunity: An International Comparison of Australia’s Labour Market Regulation, which shows the performance of Australia’s labour market
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