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From the Desk of the Executive Director

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.

Is employment dying or will arrogance prevail?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

In the introduction to my book Independence and the Death of Employment I begin with a quotation from the Roman Emperor Caligula in 41AD where he says'Bear in mind that I can treat anyone exactly as I please'. (You can read the Introduction to my book for free.) Caligula could and did do as he pleased. In the extreme, he had legal authority over life and death without constraint. At a whim he had people killed for nothing other than his amusement. More...


Video debate: The Future (or Death) of Employment

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

When the left and right agree on small business

The Great Pub Debate between ICA's Ken Phillips and COSBOA's Peter Strong on The Future (or Death) of Employment took place on 30 November in Melbourne. Videos from the debate appear below. More...


Unwinding Shorten's red-tape assault

Thursday, September 29, 2011

In a major speech on Labor's future earlier this month, Prime Minister Julia Gillard outlined a renewed vision for the party. At the heart of her message was a call to embrace individualism within the traditional framework of Labor's commitment to collectivism. But while her words were encouraging, the prime minister must now 'walk the talk'. Specifically, she must lean on her assistant treasurer, Bill Shorten, to stop the push to employ the tax system against contractors. More...



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