Putting employee directors on Australian boards is seriously back on the agenda for the first time since the 1970s.
The global evidence from more than 300 studies on the economic impact of unionisation shows unions do not, overall, reduce productivity.
Paying wages directly would be an Australian first, and far from ideal.
Unions and Labor have a long history of working together, but if the ALP wins office, unions will have to compete with many other groups to get what they want.
Overruling the Fair Work Commission will give Labor what it wants, at the cost of diminishing the commission.
At this election there is a stark choice between the two major parties on industrial relations: the "small target" approach of the Coalition and the ALP's more ambitious and detailed plan.
It ought to be possible to replace Australia's minimum wage with a higher "living wage" without putting people our of work, but more will be needed.