Dignity of Work

Penalising Work – A Historical Account of Penalty Rates in Australia
10 July 2017

Penalising Work – A Historical Account of Penalty Rates in Australia

Penalty rates have been a fixture of Australian industrial relations regimes since the late 1800s. With federation, a series of decisions by various state and federal wage-setting bodies began, culminating in the first ‘national’ penalty rate decision in 1947. These early decisions indicate that penalty rates were imposed not as a compensatory measure for workers for performing weekend work, but
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IPA Research Exposes Selfish Union Campaign On Penalty Rates
10 July 2017

IPA Research Exposes Selfish Union Campaign On Penalty Rates

A new report released today by the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs: Penalising work, a historical account of penalty roles in Australia, examines the history of penalty rates in Australia and the current Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision to reduce penalty rates for some sectors of the workforce. The second major report of the IPA’s Dignity
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New Video: The Dignity Of Work
29 June 2017

New Video: The Dignity Of Work

“Bill Shorten’s announcement on penalty rates – that he only accepts the independence of the Fair Work Commission when it suits him – should give the Turnbull Government the courage to scrap the industrial relations laws that are keeping thousands of Australians out of work,” said Gideon Rozner, Research Fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public
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Why We Should Repeal The Fair Work Act
29 June 2017

Why We Should Repeal The Fair Work Act

The IPA’s Gideon Rozner explains why the Fair Work Act is one of the most unfair and unbalanced pieces of legislation in Australia’s history.
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Fair Work And The Right To Work
26 June 2017

Fair Work And The Right To Work

The Rudd Government’s 2009 overhaul of Australia’s industrial relations regime represented a substantial reversal of almost two decades of reform. Australia’s trajectory towards decentralised wage-setting directly between employers and employees was arrested in favour of a system with government and trade unions at its core. The reregulation of the labour market by the Fair Work regime (‘Fair Work’) has not
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The Unfair Work Act
26 June 2017

The Unfair Work Act

“Fair Work has been a disaster for our economy, for businesses and, importantly, for thousands of Australian workers,” said Gideon Rozner, research fellow at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA Dignity of Work Project has today released its first major report: Fair Work and the Right to Work by IPA research fellow Gideon Rozner.
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There Should Be No Role For Employers In Employee Super Fund Choice
29 March 2017

There Should Be No Role For Employers In Employee Super Fund Choice

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the direction of the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report into Alternative Superannuation Default Models but will urge it to go further in its Final Report. “The IPA believes that all Australians should have the freedom to choose their superannuation fund and that there should be no role for an employer,
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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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Uber Markets
1 December 2016

Uber Markets

IPA Review- December 2016

  Uber and Airbnb are part of a wider market revolution changing the way the world does business, writes Evan Mulholland.  The last few decades have delivered us a monumental shift in how we receive goods and services. Disruption has enabled people to get what they want, at a price and delivery time that works for them. We often delve
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Workplace Relations: The Urgent Need For Change
1 December 2016

Workplace Relations: The Urgent Need For Change

IPA Review- December 2016

Australia has a 21st century workforce labouring under a 19th century industrial relations system, writes Brett Hogan.     Better health, housing, communications, education and transport options allow more people to make more decisions for themselves, helping to break down the notion of ‘class’. Defining a person by where they live, or what they or their parents do for work, is
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