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The government needs to recognise that wage theft is a gendered issue

There are profound problems with the enforcement of wage laws and entitlements across Australia. And the problem disproportionately impacts women.

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A wage theft register could help government draw a line in the sand

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.

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To stop wage theft, the government needs to put its money where its mouth is

The federal government needs to enable not just the Fair Work Ombudsman but other groups, too, to contribute to ensuring employer compliance.

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Want to stop wage theft? Simplify the system

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.

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Tougher penalties are needed to punish wage thieves

Employers need to be help accountable for underpaying their staff.

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Additional funding is desperately needed in the fight against wage theft

Great funding is needed — both to investigate non-compliance and support workers who are getting ripped off.

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Renewable investment is being crippled by a failing regulatory structure

You cannot start serious decarbonisation, or the export of renewable power, if you can't get renewable energy to the market.

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Vulnerable Australians will bear the brunt of climate change unless we act

Low-income and vulnerable Australians are likely to experience the negative consequences of climate change first and worst.

Want to fix energy policy? Ban lobbyists

According to a former Greens senator, lobbyists have corrupted government policy for too long.

The best energy policy is no policy at all

According to the director of policy at the Institute of Public Affairs, the best government energy policy is none at all.