WIDENENING THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS DEBATE

IR 3ISN’T WIN/WIN BETTER THAN WIN/LOSE?

It was with a great sense of frustration after watching Barrie Cassidy’s interview with Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) secretary, Dave Oliver on “Insiders” this morning, that I dashed off the following thoughts to the program:-

When labour relations are discussed on “Insiders”  it is incredible that it is reduced to two options only: (a) the conservatives who would wind back wages and/or penalty rates, or (b) the ACTU and Labor Party who fight this without introducing valid proposals that might widen the debate.

The Henry Tax Review recommended abolishing 115 of Australia’s 125 hopelessly inefficient taxes that raise only 10% of our revenue.

If these 115 taxes were to be abolished, wouldn’t BOTH business and workers reap enormous benefits from their removal – with all their collection costs and the vast deadweight they impose on the economy? 

“Insiders” needs to see industrial relations discussion is being terribly restricted.

 

2 thoughts on “WIDENENING THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS DEBATE”

  1. This has been a gripe of mine for many years now.
    For example, the occasional news report/ debate on whether Australia has a property bubble or not is dominated by the same old faces.
    An economist from one of our big four banks, a Real Estate Agent and/ or Glenn Stevens.

    Where are the Steve Keens and the Satijad Das’s of the world when it comes to such debates? The media seem to continuously ignore such a pool of expertise and differing opinion.

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