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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.

Contract killers for the mining boom

Monday, April 15, 2013

Woodside's announcement last week that it would pull out of its $45 billion onshore Browse LNG project in Western Australia is a horrid whack in the head for Australia's wealth creation capacity. No responsible government can afford to ignore what's happened because there's surely more of this to come. More...


The New NBN Nightmare

Monday, June 06, 2011

In April this year the NBN hit a brick wall. Tenders were so costly that NBN Co accused construction companies of price gouging. The tender process was halted and several leading NBN Co executives resigned.  More...


IR ghosts of Leighton past

Monday, April 11, 2011

The failure of NBN Co to attract contractors that can build the network at even a reasonable cost and the financial troubles of Leighton’s Theiss unit in getting the Victorian desalination plant off the ground are just the tip of an industrial relations iceberg that will have a chilling effect on Australian productivity. More...



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