Dignity of Work

Report Into The Victorian On-Demand Workforce
27 March 2019

Report Into The Victorian On-Demand Workforce

The IPA’s Submission to Inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce The Inquiry’s terms of reference are very broad ranging. However, the issue being examined according to the Foreword in the Inquiry’s Background Paper involves “only a tiny proportion of those working in the labour market.” The Inquiry’s terms of reference and background paper presume that ondemand work should attract more
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Labor Push On Minimum Wage Will Hurt Those It’s Meant To Help
22 March 2019

Labor Push On Minimum Wage Will Hurt Those It’s Meant To Help

Bill Shorten has declared the next federal election to be a referendum on wages and has committed to raising the minimum wage to become a “living wage”. A living wage would be set to an amount that could cover necessary living expenses. While Labor has not indicated how this would be determined, the ACTU has called for the minimum wage
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The Myth Of Our Stagnant Wages
12 March 2019

The Myth Of Our Stagnant Wages

The ACTU has claimed Australia is facing an “incomes recession”. Secretary Sally McManus says working people “are ready to take action to restore our living standards”. She plans worker protests before the federal election. Economic forecasters are puzzle­d by the behaviour of wages. We are approaching full employment. Bosses and recruitment firms complain about labour shortages. The economy continues to
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Subdued Wages – Missing The Point
9 March 2019

Subdued Wages – Missing The Point

The ACTU has claimed Australia is facing an “incomes recession.”  Ms McManus, ACTU Secretary says that working people “are ready to take action to restore our living standards.” She plans worker protests before the federal election.  Economic forecasters are puzzled by the behaviour of wages.  We are approaching full employment.  Bosses and recruitment firms complain about labour shortages.  The economy
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Shorten’s Alternative IR Reality Based On Trumpian Alternative Facts
8 March 2019

Shorten’s Alternative IR Reality Based On Trumpian Alternative Facts

This week the Prime Minister got his wish. On Tuesday, in his speech to The Australian Financial Review Business Summit, Scott Morrison wanted to get the media talking about the risk of a recession under a Labor government. On Wednesday we learned Australia was actually already in a recession, at least as measured by economic growth per head. The release
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A Capital Idea: Modern Management in a Free Society
13 December 2018

A Capital Idea: Modern Management in a Free Society

Benefits for workers are the real success of modern management in free market societies, writes Professor Bradley Bowden  (originally published in the October 2018 IPA Review). Management, as a discipline and an occupation, has become a ubiquitous feature of the modern world. Among university students, business and management is now the most commonly studied degree. For those of us who work, a manager
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Work Is Essential To Alleviating Poverty And Providing Dignity
12 December 2018

Work Is Essential To Alleviating Poverty And Providing Dignity

“The ultimate goal of the welfare system should be to get Australians into work, which provides a path to self-sufficiency, stable income, and dignity”, said Daniel Wild, Director of Economics at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. This week, the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) called for the Newstart Allowance to be increased by at
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Daniel Andrews: A Threat To A Twenty-First Century Economy
23 November 2018

Daniel Andrews: A Threat To A Twenty-First Century Economy

This article first appeared in The Spectator Australia Melbourne prides itself on its cafe culture, vibrant laneways, quality restaurants, and marquee sporting events. This dynamic and cosmopolitan lifestyle that Melburnians enjoy owes much to the rise of flexible business models built around independent contracting and casual work arrangements, but it is under threat from the Andrews government’s proposals designed to
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Protecting Flexibility in a Dynamic Economy
23 November 2018

Protecting Flexibility in a Dynamic Economy

A new research paper from the IPA concludes that if the Andrews government is re-elected, Victorians can expect fundamental changes to the sharing economy and the labour hire industry, that will undermine flexibility for Victorian workers and businesses. The paper by IPA Research Fellow Kurt Wallace examines current or proposed changes to the sharing economy, regulations hitting the labour hire industry,
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Hope and Tax Cuts in Waterloo Iowa
11 September 2018

Hope and Tax Cuts in Waterloo Iowa

What can Australia learn from middle America? Gideon Rozner heads deep into Iowa to find out (This article first appeared in the August 2018 edition of the IPA Review. PDF of article here.) Even by the standards of smaller airports in Australia, Iowa’s Waterloo Regional Airport is conspicuously spartan. One boarding gate, one baggage carousel and only two flights daily
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