There are profound problems with the enforcement of wage laws and entitlements across Australia. And the problem disproportionately impacts women.
A register of businesses found to have committed wage theft would make it easier for governments to exclude them from procurement processes and grant payments.
The federal government needs to enable not just the Fair Work Ombudsman but other groups, too, to contribute to ensuring employer compliance.
The reality of the Australian system is that it is almost impossible to be completely compliant no matter how good your resources and your system, argues the CEO of the Council of Small Business of Australia.
Employers need to be help accountable for underpaying their staff.
Great funding is needed — both to investigate non-compliance and support workers who are getting ripped off.
Low-income and vulnerable Australians are likely to experience the negative consequences of climate change first and worst.
According to a former Greens senator, lobbyists have corrupted government policy for too long.