Opinion

Workers must not pay the cost of climate-fuelled bushfire disasters

This article was originally published in The Canberra Times. The bush fire crisis exposes the failures of the Federal government and industry to prepare for the catastrophic impacts of global warming. And it also demonstrates that well-intentioned governments like the ACT Government, which last-year acknowledged the climate emergency, must do far more to protect workers …

Workers must not pay the cost of climate-fuelled bushfire disasters Read More »

Future of Work (ALERA Conference)

This blog post is 2 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.The following are the speaking notes for a speech given at the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association conference in Canberra in March 2018. Thank you for the invitation today. Firstly, let me acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which …

Future of Work (ALERA Conference) Read More »

The dirty secret of opponents of penalty rates

This blog post is 4 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.With thanks to Rob Corr Recently, there has been a rush of business lobby groups from the retail and hospitality sectors talking about the terrible evils of weekend penalty rates. Not, let’s be clear, the penalty rates received by paramedics, …

The dirty secret of opponents of penalty rates Read More »

Criminal charge unprecedented attack on workplace safety

This blog post is 4 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.The trade union royal commission, in just three weeks, has attempted to unwind over a decade of work to improve the culture of safety at construction sites. Three years ago, the ACT Government released the Getting Home Safely report. The …

Criminal charge unprecedented attack on workplace safety Read More »

Scroll to Top