THE AUDACIOUS PURSUIT continues, The Australian, October 18, 2016 reports: ‘Industry leader breaks ranks to back Grylls’s levy on big miners’. David Flanagan — former head of BC Iron and now chancellor of Perth’s Murdoch University — said he had no sympathy for BHP or Rio because they had evaded taxes, failed to share their infrastructure, flooded the iron ore market and neglected community obligations.
“I think Grylls is smart and I think the companies would be smart to engage with him in an open and transparent way,” Mr Flanagan said, breaching the ¬industry’s united front against the levy. “These guys are on the nose and people on the street have had enough.” READ MORE at:
The Australian, October 18, 2016 reports: Renegade West Australian Nationals leader Brendon Grylls has intensified his $7.2 billion tax war with the big miners, telling a Perth business audience he believes government contracts with BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto can be changed without the consent of the companies.
“If you believe that we can only change state agreements by mutual obligation, you are actually accepting that in 50 years’ time when the state agreements are 100 years old, that it would be acceptable for 25c to still be 25 cents,” he said. READ MORE at:
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS: The gloves are off, and the 340,000 Australian small businesses in the building and construction industry will be beneficiaries. The Government this week introduced to Parliament the Australian Building and Construction Commission Bill to investigate union behaviour on building sites, Registered Organisations Commission Bill to check on union officials who misuse member funds, and Malcolm Turnbull has the numbers on paper to pass two iconic curbs on union power, reports The Australian, October 18, 2016. READ MORE at:
The Australian, October 20, 2016 reports: ‘Government set to compromise with One Nation, NXT on union bill.’ Malcolm Roberts, one of the four senators in Hanson’s One Nation, is urging the government to not only legislate the new curbs on unions but to go further to ¬advance “freedom versus control” in industrial relations. “. . . , there are small businesses that are being frozen out of work in the construction industry because they won’t go along with the dictates of the CFMEU.”
Asked if he had any concerns about the impact of the two bills on unions, Senator Xenophon highlighted procedural issues rather than major flaws in the bills. “There are ¬issues there of procedural fairness but I support that there ought to be a tough cop on the beat, but it must be one that is fair.” READ MORE at: