Ken Phillips

Safe super depends on total disclosure

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Kelly O’Dwyer is preparing strong disclosure requirements on what superannuation funds do with workers’ money. But Australia should demand more.

How Turnbull can push through corruption reforms

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Voters are increasingly suspicious of union-bashing. The Turnbull Government must change its tack.

The Coalition must heed Heydon’s powerful message

The Coalition’s selective portrayal of the Heydon report as ‘anti-union’ may undermine its attempts to undertake workplace reform.

The government’s misstep on the Heydon corruption report is a gift for Labor

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The government’s anti-union trumpeting is inconsistent and distorts and degrades the quality of Justice Heydon’s report on union corruption.

The contradictions in the ACCC’s TWU stance

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The ACCC’s decision to allow the Transport Workers Union to collectively bargain with Toll breaches an important principle of competition law.

Union corruption shows why we need transparency in super

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A sure sign that dodgy dealings and corruption are probably rampant in any organisation, be it union or super fund, is when financial records are essentially secret.

A welcome disruption to the economy

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The Unfair Contracts Act is a significant piece of microeconomic reform that will result in greater labour market innovation and job creation.

Turnbull's corruption fix

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For both Turnbull and Shorten to have credibility they must accept the evidence of corruption in unions and act against it.

How Turnbull can realise his innovation dreams

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Malcolm Turnbull must back up his rhetoric on innovation with substantial policy action, particularly for small businesses.

Making sense of the CFMEU-MUA merger

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A growing number of threats to the union business model suggests the merger of the MUA and CFMEU is a natural fit.

A looming war between big and small business

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The proposed introduction of the effects test appears to have frightened big retailers to their core.

The Senate's sensible small business stance

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While the Abbott Government left its small business constituency out in the cold, the ALP, Greens and independents seemed prepared to consider arguments from all sides.

The ACCC opens its eyes to Australia's dirty IR secret

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Rod Sims has issued a warning to corporates involved in shady deals with unions.

Hits and misses in the Productivity Commission's IR review

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The Productivity Commission's recommendation on penalty rates will give unions ammunition for a scare campaign, but its critique of Australian management is on the mark.

A corporate challenge for Tony Abbott

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The prevalence of partnerships between unions and corporations leaves the Coalition without a traditional political ally.

Labor’s culture spells trouble for the Victorian economy

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The Victorian Government's attitude to commercial contracts is threatening the state's economy.

Small business budget redefines the Coalition

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By announcing a budget that is in tune with the needs of small business, the Coalition is re-positioning its brand ahead of the next election.

Victoria is building the conditions for a recession

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The Victorian Government has adopted a set of infrastructure policies that will seriously threaten the state's viability.

Small business policy is greater than the sum of its parts

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Taken together, a myriad of minor reforms to the regulation of small businesses is set to give a major boost to employment.

Abbott's 'small' reform step is a big deal

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The Abbott Government is locking in a central plank of its small business reform package, which is likely to have broad and positive implications for the economy.

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