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Tackling corruption that’s become institutionalized. The ‘effect’ of corruption on Labor and politics

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Corruption is at its worst when it becomes institutionalized as ‘acceptable’ even ‘required’ business behaviour. It’s at its worst when corruption has political patronage and cover. More...


Small Business Ombudsman's Report slams Road 'Safety' Remuneration Tribunal

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Transport Workers Union and their ‘safe rates’ cronies are not happy. The Federal Small Business Ombudsman, Kate Carnell, has released the findings of her investigations into the Road ‘Safety’ Remuneration Tribunal (now dead thankfully) and its discriminatory attempts to put owner-drivers out of business.  

We covered the issue and campaigned extensively against the RSRT. And you will remember we launched a High Court action to stop the RSRT.  More...


Election 2016: Assessment of the parties’ small business positions

Thursday, June 23, 2016

In all past federal elections Independent Contractors Australia has sought to detail and explain each party’s policy and positions as they affect small business people. We express our conclusions to help people draw their own conclusions.  

In this 2016 election we draw the following conclusions: More...


Turnbull Government to crack down on employer–union corruption

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

In early January, ICA Executive Director Ken Phillips penned a series of articles criticising the Turnbull government for its response to the Heydon Report into employer–union corruption.

Here are the articles: More...


ACCC continues to send mixed messages on collective bargaining

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Yes,  it’s illegal to smoke marijuana but it’s okay to use a bong! That seems to be the type of message the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission is sending in its latest decision to allow the Transport Workers Union to bargain collectively with the giant Japanese-owned transport company Toll.

If you’ve followed us for a while, you’ll notice we’ve been persistent in pushing the ACCC to do something to stop unions and big businesses colluding to rort competition for their own benefit. More...


Something stinks with our competition laws: ICA makes submission

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ICA has made a submission to the Federal Government’s Review of Competition Policy. We’ve decided not to be gentle in expressing our views.

The system stinks. It’s corrupt. Industrial relations laws and practices override competition policy and law, and thereby corrupt competition.  More...


A more responsive and client-focused bureaucracy?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It was pleasing to see the recent announcement from Small Business Minister Bruce Billson that there will be ‘Tougher checks on bureaucrats to help small business’ (see this article from The Australian). Billson said:

“We want to ensure the Commonwealth organises itself to be more responsive and client-focused to small business rather than expecting bureaucratic administrative convenience to trump …”   More...


Boral CEO says ‘no’ to criminal cartel arrangements with CFMEU

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Read this speech by the head of Boral concrete, Mike Kane, describing the intimidation they have stood up to from the construction union, the CFMEU. Mike recognises that to agree to CFMEU demands would rightly open a company to accusations of ‘criminal cartel conduct’. Ken Phillips wrote an open letter to Mike on the issue in July. More...


To elect Labor to run Victoria would hand control to the CFMEU

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Ken Phillips wrote in Business Spectator about the huge threat to Victoria if the ALP wins the upcoming November election. Ken says that to elect Labor  “…the voters will have put the CFMEU in control of Victoria".  Labor supports the CFMEU’s aim to terminate the state's Construction Code even when CFMEU officials are facing Federal Court proceedings and court proceedings for alleged coercion. More...


Big business conspires against lower construction costs

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In extraordinary media reports yesterday, it appears that major construction firms have decided to keep construction costs as high as possible. If true, they are in the ‘business’ of conspiring against the people of Australia in defiance of the combined commercial weight of Coalition governments across Australia. More...



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