Workplace Relations minister Bill Shorten, a key figure in last night’s caucus ousting of Julia Gillard, earlier today told radio station 3AW he had requested new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd that he retain the WR and financial services portfolio.
And the Federal Government’s 457 visa legislation has passed the House of Representatives despite fears earlier today the Bill could be dumped after it was left off today’s running order for debate.
— from Workforce Daily, 18734, 27 June 2013.
Greens MP Adam Bandt has criticised the Federal Government for adopting a “hands-off” approach to the equal pay case, suggesting it will cost billions. He asked the Government, “couldn’t this hands-off approach result in the Commonwealth having to pay a much higher amount, up to $2.5bn over four years, than the union was seeking in its original claim?”
Names carry ideological meaning, of course, a factor that has not gone unutilised by those who determine the titles of portfolios, institutions and reform legislation (thinking Work Choices / Fair Work, for example). What does a look over the history of Ministerial responsibility for employment / IR tell us about a changing Australia?
A group of university undergraduates who set up a pro-rape, anti-consent Facebook page have won this year’s “gold” Ernie Award for sexist behaviour, but Tony Abbott was the big “winner” of the night. Now in its 18th year, the event ‘crowns’ the past year’s worst alleged sexist and misogynist public statements. Sydney University’s St Paul’s ...more
Deputy Prime Minister and Workplace Relations Minister Julia Gillard has confirmed the federal government does not have further industrial relations changes on the agenda as its unofficial election campaign gets underway. Speaking to The Age, Gillard said there would not be any more reform of the system if the government is re-elected.
WFD: The labour price index for the 12 months to the Dec quarter 2009 increased by 3.0% on trend terms, the ABS announced on Feb 24. Deputy PM & WR Minister Julia Gillard told the National Press Club the wages growth was the lowest since records had been kept.