We’d like to welcome you to INQ, Crikey’s ambitious new inquiry journalism initiative. Starting June 24, INQ investigative reporting — lifting the rocks, connecting the dots, following the money trail and exposing misuse of power — will appear regularly in Crikey.
We look forward to sharing this exciting new phase with you.
Tamsin Creed, Publisher
The Fair Work Commission has reduced wage increases for the one in five Australians on minimum wages, reflecting a complete misunderstanding of the state of the economy.
Crikey readers discuss the solutions to wage theft, Australia-Indonesia relations and the government's new communications minister Paul Fletcher.
The unexpected election of the Morrison government gives business an opportunity to get their wishlist: the same old industrial relations deregulation and company tax cuts.
Labor says the election will be a referendum on wages, but so far has proposed little that will make a material difference for workers stuck with stagnant incomes.
Claims that minimum wage increases hurt employment have now been completely discredited. Time for advocates of wage stagnation to find another argument.
The government refuses to ever mention it, but wage theft is at massive levels and directly undermines wages growth and demand.
For years the government has railed at the bullying and intimidation of the CFMMEU. Seems those problems are a little closer to home.