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Ken Phillips is co-founder and Executive Director of Independent Contractors of Australia. He is a published authority on independent contractor issues and directs research on related commercial and trade practices issues. Through his numerous articles in newspapers and think-tank and academic journals, Ken is known for approaching issues from outside normal perspectives and is frequently sought out for media comment.

457 visas about union control

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Even though Julia Gillard's comments against 457 visa workers have horrible undertones of historical Labor racism, they aren't racist. Instead Labor, in my opinion, is involved in an old-fashioned protection racket of entrenched power and money. More...

Shorten may be ready to lead

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten is manoeuvring to take over the leadership of the federal Labor Party from Julia Gillard. He's possibly even doing this with Gillard's knowledge.

The leadership change to Shorten will happen because he is the only person who can limit Labor's losses at this election. Although it's a big task, Shorten could win. More...

The contract key that could swing small business

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Abbott Coalition election plan released over the weekend makes some big claims in relation to small business. Chief among these is that a Coalition government will double the annual rate of growth of small business. They believe it’s from small business that more than half of their million new jobs target will be achieved. More...

Small businesses must make stand against Fair Work goliath

Thursday, December 27, 2012

"DEAR Campbell Newman. Yes please, protect our business and jobs from the Fair Work Act."

This is the short email that 50,700 small-business owners and the 380,000 people who work with them as employees should send to the Premier.

Recently Newman, through his Attorney-General, released an issues paper that proposes Queensland "bring back" its industrial relations powers from the Commonwealth covering unincorporated businesses (sole traders and partnerships). More...

A Queensland escape for the IR weary

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sometimes Federal Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten really works hard at trivialising important issues. Yesterday he referred to as "silly" the idea being floated in an Issues Paper by the Queensland government of bringing back from the Commonwealth industrial relations powers covering unincorporated small businesses.  More...

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