For years the government has railed at the bullying and intimidation of the CFMMEU. Seems those problems are a little closer to home.
For neoliberals, every problem can be fixed by cutting wages and conditions and reducing the size of government. Even low wages growth.
It's hard to see how any long-term return to higher wages growth will be achieved without a significant rise in strikes, which have been at historically low levels for many years.
If unions could release pamphlets that would not only be endured by ordinary people, but understood and enjoyed, that would be a nice start to the revolution.
Industrial disputes in Australia are now a tiny fraction of what they were in the 1980s. Which might partly explain why our wages are so stagnant.
Labor has thrown down the gauntlet to employers, in effect saying if they want to return to centralised wage-fixing then that can be used to lift wages.
While the Institute of Public Affairs likes government kept small, it's happy to use its research services where it can take them.