Recent publications

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FWC Decision Means More Job Opportunities

MEDIA RELEASE | Aaron Lane

"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,...

Passage of registered organisations bill warmly welcomed

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The passage through Parliament of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Bill in the early hours of this morning has been warmly welcomed by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Australia's workplace relations laws should...

Submission to the Inquiry into the impact of the Government's Workplace Bargaining Policy

SUBMISSION | Aaron Lane

Enterprise bargaining requires negotiation from both sides. The government's policy provides the flexibility for this to occur on the employer side. This is in stark contrast to the public sector unions' bargaining policy, which, as the IPA...

Fair work act entrenches union power over emergency services institutiions

MEDIA RELEASE | Gideon Rozner

The Fair Work Act must be reformed to stop the march of union power through our emergency services bodies, according to a research paper released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The paper, Code Red: Fair work and...

Code Red

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Aaron Lane and Gideon Rozner

While the Turnbull Government recently introduced legislation to the Parliament to prohibit EBA clauses that restrict an emergency management body's ability to manage volunteers, this change does not go far enough. Instead, the Fair Work Act must...

New Workplace Volunteer Legislation Important But Much More Should Be Done

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan and Aaron Lane

Today's announcement of new federal legislation to prohibit enterprise agreement content which restricts the ability of emergency management organisations to manage volunteers is welcome, but more significant workplace relations reforms still need...

Your Right to Work: The Employment Policy of a Truly Liberal Government

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Stephen Sasse

At its heart, industrial relations law is about people, and their ability to earn an income, support a family and take greater responsibility for their own lives. In other words, employment is not about what we do - but who we are. Through work we...

IPA: Reform Workplace Relations System to Help People Into Employment

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The goal of helping people into paid employment should be the aim of the workplace relations system, according to a research paper released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). The paper, Your Right to Work: The...

Weekend penalty rates - businesses should decide

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The market, not the parliament or a government tribunal, should determine wages in the retail and hospitality industries according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Today's battle between Labor and the Greens as to...

Workplace relations report a missed opportunity

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The Productivity Commission's Final Report on Australia's Workplace Relations Framework is a missed opportunity for significant workplace relations reform, according to Brett Hogan, Director of Energy and Innovation Policy at free market think...

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