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Unions are non-taxable businesses providing services to large corporations

Thursday, November 24, 2016

It’s been quite a week on the construction anti-corruption front:  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...


ICA takes on Big Business, Big Union, Big Regulator with legal appeal

Friday, November 07, 2014

You may recall that in the middle of last month ICA was highly critical of the Australian competition regulator, the ACCC.

The ACCC had granted approval for the transport union, the TWU, to ‘collectively bargain’ with the transport giant Toll on behalf of some owner-drivers. We had previously lodged an objection to the application by the TWU. We objected because Toll had admitted that it was making secret payments ($50,000 plus) to the TWU on the condition that the TWU harass Toll’s competitors. More...


Competition watchdog's extraordinary double standard

Friday, October 17, 2014

Recent newspapers report that Australia’s competition protector, the ACCC, is taking action against giant Coles over the way it treats its suppliers. It’s good to see the ACCC challenging big business practices against small business people.

But just yesterday the ACCC effectively sanctioned anti-competitive collusive behaviour by a business ‘in bed’ with a union. The double standard displayed by the ACCC is extraordinary. The signal the ACCC is sending is that if a business wants to be anti-competitive and they do that through a union, then that’s okay. 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...


Land of the (not so) free

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ken Phillips has recently been in Washington for discussions with several organizations about independent contractor rights and labour law in general. He was surprised to discover the extent to which the basic right to join or not join a union is denied in the ‘land of the free’. According to Ken, 'it's  amazingly oppressive Federal law'. More...



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