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DAVID JAMES. Penalty rate cuts are the result of thinking small

 Australia is showing signs of contracting the American disease of rising inequality, which will ultimately spill over into low growth, especially when the effect of high household indebtedness has its inevitable dampening effect. In the last quarter of 2016 GDP growth … Continue reading

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DAVID PEETZ. The penalty rates time-bomb is ticking.

A looming decision on weekend penalty rates presents problems for both major parties in the lead-up to Australia’s federal election. The Fair Work Commission seems likely to hand down its decision in the controversial case soon after the federal election. … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Cafes and restaurants are booming despite penalty rates.

Despite the booming café and restaurant industry, the special pleading by employers on penalty rates and minimum wages goes on and on. Employers seem to have little appreciation that there is a difference between the market and society. The latter … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Penalty rates and Liberal lobbyists.

There is a campaign underway to cut weekend and holiday penalty rates particularly in the restaurant and hospitality industries. True to form the Australian Financial Review says that weekend penalty rates are a relic of times past. A report leaked … Continue reading

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