Labor continues to harass the Government over proposed penalty rate cuts for many of Australia’s lowest paid workers.
The Turnbull Government is seeking to legislate a ban on secret payments between unions and employers.
There is still no indication of how proposed cuts to Sunday penalty rates will be implemented.
The Coalition Government has used its numbers in the House of Representatives to push through in the House legislation to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) which the government used as a trigger for the double-dissolution on July 2.
Legislation for the federal intervention – promised during the election campaign – in the dispute involving the Country Fire Authority in Victoria has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The Liberal Party says it is essential that unions and employers operate in a transparent and accountable manner and that the building industry – Australia’s third-largest employer – is fair, safe and lawful.
A re-elected Coalition Government will strengthen existing workplace laws to ensure better protection for workers and to stamp out exploitation by unscrupulous employers, says Employment Minister Michaelia Cash
The Treasurer has announced the terms of reference for the first two stages of a Productivity Commission review into the efficiency and competitiveness of the superannuation system.
In the wake of the trade union royal commission, the federal Government has extended the life of Taskforce Heracles, the joint state-territory body that was set up to examine allegations referred to it by the Commission.
About 80 delegates will meet as part of the ‘National Reform Summit on Wednesday 26 August, to discuss the tax system, industrial relations and retirement incomes.
Parliament resumes for a two week sitting on Monday 7 September, following a two week recess.
Parliament is in the middle of a two week recess and will resume on Monday 7 September for a two week sitting.
Trade union cloud hangs over Shorten’s call for IR modernisation – August 2015
The relative success of this week’s National Reform Summit highlights – once again - the vacuum in policy development and implementation by the Federal Government.
Events unfolding around the Government in recent weeks have restarted the questioning of Tony Abbott’s leadership.
The Government and The Australian newspaper have launched a campaign over the Greens acceptance of trade union funding.
Most members of the Labor caucus are confident that Bill Shorten’s two-day grilling before the Royal Commission on Trade Union Governance and Corruption has not weakened his leadership.
Labor leader Bill Shorten has been wrestling with some difficult issues – and they won’t go away.
Some commentators have already called the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption a “circus”, providing a public platform for various factional enemies to argue their case. But it also has the potential to be toxic for Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
The Government has announced details of its long-promised Royal Commission to inquire into alleged financial irregularities associated with the affairs of trade unions.