It’s time to declare an end to the alleged rise in "independent contracting" that has purportedly dominated Australian workplaces over the last decade.

For years the growth of contractors has been pushed by labour deregulationists as a ground-up revolution by workers wanting to break the shackles of employment laws and strike out on their own. The success of the Howard Government was said to be partly built on a reflexive empathy for such rugged individualists, while Labor remained mired in outdated socialist approaches of capitalists versus workers.