Feb 12, 2014

iSentia index: bushfires, Toyota and drought dominate discussion

Requests for the Coalition to help out a number of Australian industries were strong in the media this past week.

Patrick Baume

iSentia Group Communications Manager

Some pundits have proffered in the past few years that the only real point of difference between our major parties these days is their attitude to industrial relations. They both seem very keen to thump away at each other on the issue in 2014, despite Prime Minister Tony Abbott doing everything he could while opposition leader to ignore IR as an issue. The current Opposition Leader Bill Shorten certainly seems to find it comfortable ground along with industry assistance, with both parties keen to show a clear difference on that issue despite previous similarities in policy. Labor is happy to throw in some taxpayer money here and there, while the Liberals remain purer to the free market, if not quite pristine.


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