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Hunting for the penalty rates evidence proves a tricky task

The evidence for the impact of penalty rates on the hospitality sector proves surprisingly hard to find. But there are some important clues …

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When it comes to WorkChoices, Abbott can’t take a trick

Tony Abbott can’t turn a trick on IR — he’s in trouble no matter what he says, and plenty of it is friendly fire.

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The Fair Work myths come tumbling down

Business had its chance to make its case against the Fair Work Act — and couldn’t produce the evidence.

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FWA review released: blow to biz lobby

The business campaign for further industrial relations deregulation has suffered a major blow with the release of the review of the Fair Work Act by Bill Shorten today.

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You wouldn’t read about it — industrial disputes are falling

Forget what you read in the newspapers. The number of days lost to industrial disputes reduced significantly in the past quarter, part of an overall long-term trend downwards.

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Moving the goalposts on cash splashes and wage cases

What role should the budget’s cash handouts play in wage determinations? There’s a long history to the issue.

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Productivity is complicated — except when it comes to competition

The biggest single brake on Australian productivity is the mining industry, where productivity has declined by more than a quarter in the past two years, an analysis of ABS data reveals.

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Essential: no to uranium exports to India, yes to mining tax

Voters back the mining tax but oppose uranium exports to India, today’s Essential Report shows. And voters are less concerned about a return to Workchoices.

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The long tradition of union ‘interference’

Advocates of IR reform claim unions traditionally haven’t been allowed to “interfere” in issues such as contracting out. Wrong.

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Delegitimising unions in the great game of labour v capital

As voters become more estranged from corporations and economic reform, neither labour nor capital is responding effectively to the sentiment.

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Liberals in search of the case for IR reform

Since IR reformers won’t explain why we need it, we’ve looked at what WorkChoices accomplished. It wasn’t much.

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Reith v Abbott: the early 90s wants its zeal back

The tensions between Tony Abbott and Peter Reith have deep roots in recent Liberal history. The former minister’s eagerness to prevent a return to “the Fraser years”, unencumbered by the party presidency, will be fascinating to watch.

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The strange reform hypocrisy of Australian business

Australian business has an ordinary record of backing economic reform.

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MacCormack: Oratory the loser on a day of fumbles

After weeks to prepare, the Prime Minister’s performance at his election news conference was inexplicably poor. In his response, Rudd started poorly, too - stiff and stilted, writes David MacCormack.

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