Shorten pledged to give bigger income tax cuts for 10 million taxpayers.
The Labor alternative almost doubles the budget's relief for these taxpayers, incorporating the early part of the government's plan and then building on it.
A Senate committee has made the right decision by rejecting the Fair Work Commissions recommendations to slash penalty rates - here's why.
The University of Canberra’s Michelle Grattan and Frances Shannon discuss the week in politics.
The fight over penalty rates is an issue made for Bill Shorten’s skill set.
For Bill Shorten, cuts to Sunday penalty rates could become a pale version of WorkChoices.
The University of Canberra’s Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
ACTU secretary Sally McManus has pushed for MPs to pass a bill to stop the phasing in of penalty rate cuts.
The Fair Work Commission said reductions in rates were more significant in retail and pharmacy than in hospitality and fast food.
Labor’s figure of 700,000 is based largely on a McKell Institute report.
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In a recorded phone call to voters, Labor leader Bill Shorten said that “cuts to penalty rates will rip off 700,000 workers”. Is that true?
The Fair Work Commission’s decision to cut Sunday penalty rates is expected to reduce the income of hundreds of thousands of Australians. But how do we calculate that?
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Q&A between the University of Melbourne's Joshua Healy and The McKell Institute's Edward Cavanough about methodologies for estimating the impact of the proposed Sunday penalty rate cuts.
The Fair Work Commission decided to cut penalty rates for hospitality and other workers.
The insistence by the Fair Work Commission that the government make a submission on penalty rates was not about their position, but a call on the government to take some of the responsibility itself.
The government this week introduced a bill that aims to put a stop to secret agreements between employers and unions without the knowledge of union members.
A Canberra barista makes coffee. Many low-paid workers will be affected by the Fair Work Commission’s decision on penalty rates.
The government has a major headache on its hands with the proposed cuts to penalty rates, which could haunt it all the way to the next election.
Whatever the status of the speculation, it would be a very bad idea for Malcolm Turnbull to despatch George Brandis to London.
Malcolm Turnbull will overfly Western Australia twice next week, when he makes a brief dash to Indonesia to attend a conference of Indian Ocean Rim leaders.
Malcolm Turnbull inspects the production facility at Bottles of Australia in Canberra on Monday.
On some days it’s best not to venture out. For Malcolm Turnbull, Monday was such a day. There was no way a visit to Bottles of Australia in the Canberra suburb of Hume was going to end well. Turnbull was…
Tony Abbott gave another jab at Malcolm Turnbull's leadership this week in a speech and in an interview on Sky.
In an ironic twist, Bill Shorten when employment minister paved the way for the Fair Work Commission decision.
The latest reflection on just how appalling things are in federal politics came this week from former Treasury head Ken Henry.
ACTU president Ged Kearney called on Malcolm Turnbull ‘to stand up for workers in this country, to actually change the laws to protect people’s pay’.
Hospitality, fast food, retail and pharmacy workers stand to lose thousands of dollars per year after the Fair Work Commission's landmark decision to cut penalty rates on Sundays and public holidays.
Unions campaigned on Sunday penalty rates during the federal election.
Are penalty rates no longer relevant in the retail industry — and do they cost jobs? Recent research compared two neighbouring states where one raised rates to the other's level to find the answer.
Protesters were back on the streets demanding penalty rates be left alone when the Coalition government asked the Productivity Commission to look at workplace relations last year.
Cutting penalty rates can be a vote-changer and the looming Fair Work Commission decision is tricky for both sides of politics. So what cards do the parties hold and how might they play them?
There are reasons why people get paid more to work out of hours beyond the working week being a social construct.
Penalty rates are often cast as a roadblock to business or employment but, research sees penalty rates as a deterrent against employing workers in ways that risk workers’ health.
Brendan O'Connor came under interrogation about Labor’s position on weekend penalty rates.
Normally it is the Coalition that is on the defensive over industrial relations at election time, with Labor claiming workers’ rights are under threat from the conservatives. But currently Labor finds…