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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...


Updates: Spotlight on transparency; insecure work, yet again

Thursday, December 10, 2015

This week, in Business Spectator, ICA Executive Director Ken Phillips wrote about a ‘mystery’ box that arrived in the post for him some years ago. It contained the true financial records of a major trade union. The records differed from the union’s publicly declared accounts. The point of Ken's article is that full transparency and disclosure should be imposed on the big superannuation funds or we could see corruption scandals in superannuation similar to those we are seeing with unions.  More...


The importance of the new Unfair Contracts legislation

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Two recent articles in Business Spectator – by Robert Gottliebsen and our own Ken Phillips – have highlighted the real significance of the new Unfair Contracts legislation that was proclaimed on 12 November.

ICA takes this opportunity to publicly thank Members of Parliament who made sure a workable version of the legislation got up. The Senate, in particular, played a crucial role in making the unfair contract laws effective. Our thanks to The Greens, Labor and all the Independent Senators—that is, Bob Day, David Leyonhjelm, Dio Wang, Ricky Muir, Nick Xenophon, John Madigan, Glenn Lazarus and Jacqui Lambie. And our thanks to the Turnbull government for accepting the amendments. More...



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