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Another (big) nail in Gillard government's OHS harmonised push

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Last week the South Australian Parliament finally passed new work safety (OHS) laws. It’s been about an 18-month battle as the SA Labor government tried to push through the Gillard government’s model harmonised OHS laws. The outcome in SA, however, is a major departure from the harmonised laws. We’ve summarised and commented on the key amendments here. Ken Phillips' associated Business Spectator article is hereMore...


Red tape kills entrepreneurs

Monday, October 29, 2012

Great commentary on red tape disease, which the BBC says is suppressing entrepreneurship in the USA and the UN says is a global problem. This is bad. Flying Solo research confirms that we self-employed people are both happy at work and productive.  However, The Economist argues that now is a good time to start a new business and become an entrepreneur.  More...


French pigeons fight back!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The new French government decided that economic revival requires French entrepreneurs who sell their businesses to give 60 per cent of the sale price to the government. This, along with related ‘initiatives’, stirred an online viral movement called ‘Les Pigeons’.  Here’s their site (in French). But wait. The pigeons have won. The government has backed off. Power to the pigeons!! More...


We’re productive—says Monash University research

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New research “…debunks the myth that IPros (self-employed professionals) are less committed to their work than permanent employees… One of the biggest differences between a permanent employee and an IPro appears to be that IPros are results-driven from day one. They recognise the value of time and deliver accordingly.” Summary and link to this important Monash University research (sponsored by Entity Solutions) is hereMore...


Desperately seeking entrepreneurs. Like looking for Wally

Thursday, October 04, 2012

The Economist says Europe is making a complete mess of its business policies, resulting in a chronic shortage of wealth-creating ambitious entrepreneurs. Manpower says the world is entering a new age— the Human Age. Here’s Manpower’s video assessment. And here it suggests that entrepreneurship is central to reviving the US economyMore...


Construction Violence: “It’s a long way to fall, mate!”

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

ICA has released its report and submission to a Victorian inquiry into construction union violence. The report—“It’s a long way to fall, mate!”—calls for action to prosecute violence and harassment on worksites and to investigate and address bikie gang and drug trafficking problems on Victorian construction sites. The Herald Sun has given the report major coverage todayMore...


Self-employed people. We’re evil!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

These two reports from the International Labour Organisation and the UK’s largest public sector union claim that being self-employed (precariously employed and vulnerable) threatens social stability and is even evil! We say that self-employment is great!  More...


We can reach for the sky

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The new world of work is exciting.  Rachel Botsman says technology is cutting out the middleman (mostly big firms) in product and service delivery. HERE’s her video presentation. And Google has made its first move into telecommunications, launching a fibre-to-the-home service in Kansas City. Info HERE.  Who knows what to expect?! More...


Changing the IR (construction) game in Victoria

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Victorian Baillieu government is doing something about construction cost blow-outs due to bad industrial relations. Here’s Ken Phillips’ assessment, a speech from Victorian Premier Baillieu and an interview with the new Victorian construction regulator. More...


Socialists say it’s an employer plot

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Socialist Party of Australia says bad industrial relations in construction is a big business, employer plot. Here’s their (long) assessment of what happened at the troubled Victorian desalination plant construction site.  More...



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