McManus says the present industrial relations system has “excessive, unnecessary and sometimes confusing rules” that hamper parties reaching agreement.
There are 750,000 fewer workers under enterprise agreements now than when the Coalition was elected, McManus says in her speech to the John Curtin Research Centre.
With education an election battleground, Shorten is linking a new initiative on early childhood learning to the opposition’s broader schools policy.
The policy would create “a quality, two year program that boosts development in the most important years of a child's development – an investment of an additional $1.75 billion into early education."
Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the legislation would be introduced in the next parliamentary sitting week.
NSW Liberal Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said after the meeting that “all states and territories put forward the strong view” the bill must include this.
Clare O'Neil on Labor’s listening tour for banking victims.
Shadow minister for financial services Clare O'Neil says the ALP exercise will give a voice to people in areas the Royal Commission hasn't had time to visit.
The Labor party has announced roundtables in cities and towns that haven’t been visited by the banking royal commission.
Shorten's extra royal commission hearings and legislating the GST carve-up.
If cyclist-friendly cities like Copenhagen can offer abundant and conveniently sited parking space for bikes, why not Australian cities?
If cities had backed their active transport goals with investment in adequate cycling infrastructure we might not be having the arguments about dockless bikes 'littering' public space.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has proposed a separate day to celebrate Indigenous Australians.
It was a week that saw the ABC's managing director and the chair of its board go, with many questions still to be answered; meanwhile Scott Morrison gave the ongoing controversy over Australia Day a new lease of life.
Surgeons and dentists cost more, but drugs are getting cheaper.
New figures show we are spending less on health than we used to but it mightn't last, and surgeons and dentists are charging more.
It has been a turbulent week for the ABC, with questions still to be answered, particularly by the board.
After a dramatic week at the ABC that sees them without a permanent managing director nor a chair, there remain serious questions about government interference and the broadcaster's independence.
Before Milne’s announcement Communications Minister Mitch Fifield.
conspicuously failed to back him when addressing reporters.
According to the report, Milne had said that if Guthrie didn't fire Probyn, she would be jeopardising half a billion dollars in funding for the proposed Jetstream infrastructure project.
In a text message exchange with ABC radio presenter Rafael Epstein, Mr Milne said “yes” when asked if he intended to remain in the role.
The ABC affair – which began with the sacking of Guthrie - spun out of control on Wednesday, following the leaking to Fairfax Media of a highly damaging email, showing Milne's editorial interference.
Brendan O'Connor on Labor’s industrial relations agenda
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O'Connor says Labor remains totally opposed to the government's Ensuring Integrity legislation, which the Coalition wants to resurrect. "I can't see this bill in any way being salvageable."
Anyone can buy a hidden camera but the laws surrounding their use are much more complicated.
Some family members of aged care residents have resorted to hidden cameras to detect abuse and protect loved ones. But it's legally murky and erodes the privacy of the resident, staff and visitors.
Estimates out, but happy. Mathias Cormann and Josh Frydenberg announce the smallest deficit in a decade.
The budget outcome for 2017-18 shows a deficit of A$10.1 billion – dramatically less than expected in May, and just 0.6% of GDP. In this year’s May budget, a mere four months ago, the outcome for the last…
Michelle Guthrie has been criticised for not standing up for the organisation sufficiently, and for her lack of journalistic experience.
In a blunt statement, the ABC board has announced the end of Guthrie's tenure as managing director, declaring it was "not in the best interests" of the organisation for her to continue leading it.
The poll comes after Morrison’s burst of intense activity to get on.
the front foot.
The Newspoll two party vote remains much worse than the last days of Malcolm Turnbull, and the controversy over his ousting continues.
Michelle Grattan speaks with University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini about the week in politics.
Morrison’s brush strokes on his own portrait are designed to create the image of a leader tuned to the voters’ concerns, rather than the “Canberra bubble”.
Morrison is tactically quicker than Turnbull, just as in his messaging he can cut through more sharply. He's more attuned to the emotional and knee-jerk drivers of today's politics.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has unveiled a package of $4.6 billion over a decade for non-government schools.
After fierce attack from Catholic schools over the new funding arrangements, the Morrison government has announced a new $4.6 billion package for non-government schools.
The Labor-Green majority report said the Senate should consider censuring Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.
The Greens will try to move a no confidence motion against the home affairs minister, but the numbers are not there for it to succeed - proving government members are united.