At Crikey we’ve often noted how the Fair Work Act, which we were told would undermine workplace productivity, has resulted in a rise in labour productivity and low wages growth, when we were told it would lead to a wages breakout.

How about industrial disputation? The FWA was bad for industrial disputes, we were told, because it would give unions an unprecedented right to interfere with matters that were rightly "management prerogative". "The fair-work laws extended the right to strike because they extended the right of unions to take strike action over contracting and outsourcing disputes," complained Peter Anderson of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2011.