Australia to aim for less than 5 per cent unemployment: Treasurer

Josh Frydenberg wants unemployment to drop beneath 5 per cent. Picture: Gary Ramage The Australian/ NCA NewsWire, April 29, 2021 The federal government has set an ambitious unemployment target and will focus on targeted spending, not austerity, to get there. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has delivered a major pre-budget speech, ruling out budget repair until the unemployment rate has dropped below …

ALP’s return to ‘olden days’ of industrial relations

Master Builders Australia chief executive Denita Wawn says the proposed code would “decisively tilt the balance toward militancy and away from productivity” The Australian,  April 2, 2021 Employers have attacked Labor’s promise to scrap the construction industry regulator and federal building code, warning the changes would undermine the economic recovery and leave companies “at the mercy of militant unlawful unions”. …

ALP conference: Half-year parental leave at ‘full pay’

Opposition women’s spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek. Picture: Gaye GerardThe Australian, March 30, 2021 Opposition women’s spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek has championed Labor’s plan to expand Australia’s paid parental leave scheme to six months at full pay, which the party promises will be fully costed by the next federal election. Under existing rules, the primary carer of a newborn can receive up to …

Employers, unions want consistent vaccine rules in workplaces

Employer groups have expressed concern over liability issues from coronavirus outbreaks once the vaccines begin to be rolled out in top level talks with the federal government and unions. With Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter telling the meeting the federal government would not mandate vaccines in workplaces, it is expected states and territories will decide what industries should have their …

Coronavirus: JobKeeper extension rejected by Josh Frydenberg

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Picture: David Croslin The Australian, January 21, 2021 Josh Frydenberg has rejected the hospitality industry’s plan to ­extend JobKeeper payments ­beyond March, as the Treasurer and Scott Morrison warn the private sector must prepare for the $90bn wage subsidy scheme to end. In a letter sent on Thursday to Restaurant and Catering chief executive Wes Lambert, Mr …

Australian Workers’ Union calls for minimum wage for fruit pickers

AWU national secretary Daniel Walton. Picture: Grant WellsThe Australian, December 15, 2020 Farms would be required to pay workers a minimum $24.80 an hour under changes being sought by the Australian Workers’ Union following revelations that backpackers were being paid as little as $3 an hour to pick fruit. The AWU will apply on Wednesday to the Fair Work Commission …

WA businesses in a league of their own

The West Australian, 8 December 2020 Ekta Tandon,Simon Ross, April Jorgensen and Linda Simat Niche Education Group. Credit: Daniel Wilkins/The West Australian WA continues to lead the nation with its COVID-19 recovery with new data revealing local companies are enjoying the country’s best business conditions. NAB’s monthly business survey showed business conditions in WA, which is a measure of average …

Business confidence jumped to its highest since January 2018, NAB survey reveals

The lifting of Melbourne’s lockdown in November should drive a further lift in corporate confidence, but it will take more to get businesses investing again. Picture: AFPThe Australian, December 8, 2020 Businesses are the most confident they have been for more than two years, with corporate sentiment buoyed by growing evidence of the national COVID-19 economic comeback, tumbling interstate borders …

Flexible work progress happened in mere months

The Australian, 5 December 2020 In a wildly unpredictable year, full of twists and turns of all sorts, there is broad consensus among executives about at least one thing. The pandemic meant years’ worth of progress in remote and flexible work happened in just a couple of months. Working from home has had its ups and downs. Illustration: Vector That’s …