Every time there is a change in government, or even leadership, the Australian workplace relations system invariably takes centre stage, with the familiar voices of the political right using the opportunity to call for deregulation of the labour market and the reduction of minimum entitlements.

Malcolm Turnbull’s recent House of Cards-esque rise to Prime Minister is no exception. The Productivity Commission draft report has been out for a few months, and predictably, it calls for the current workplace relations system to be scrapped, with a particular focus on penalty rates. Turnbull’s response remains in line with his predecessors: the government will consider the removal or reduction of penalty rates.