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  • Govt to reform Fair Work regime | Business Spectator
    in Request new password In response to concerns that the Fair Work Commission is producing inconsistent rulings and in some corners complaints from employers that Labor stacked the commission in favour of unions the coalition government is considering a new appeals body according to The Australian The appeals body would establish a new means for Fair Work Commissions rulings to be challenged Employment Minister Eric Abetz told the newspaper that he has written to employers and unions giving them until December 13 to state their position on the creation of a new appeals body The idea has been put to us fairly strongly that it would be good to have a body like New South Wales has a Court of Appeal in the Supreme Court and to basically have a similar body in relation to matters Fair Work so you could get a robust consistency of decision making within the Fair Work jurisdiction Mr Abetz said according to The Australian If there has been one concern it s been the inconsistency of decisions Print this page Related articles 13 Jan Iran nuke deal to take effect 13 Jan Govt interest bills surging report 13 Jan Abbott to pursue red tape cuts 13 Jan Palmer wants to repeal Newman laws 12 Jan Israel s Sharon dead at 85 More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy patrick o leary Sat 2013 11 02 10 00 Very much in line with the corporate sector s political agenda and the Abbott Government must now return the favour of its support Amazingly the vast majority of voters who are employees first and citizens second went along with the obvious anti ALP propaganda and elected people who are transparently dedicated to cutting their living standards in order to boost short term corporate profits and thus reward management This is very much like the enthusiasm of the proverbial turkeys who can t wait for Christmas Michael Jones Sat 2013 11 02 10 55 A minor tweak to employee representative would be a clever way to depoliticise fair work Replace union representative with any legal representative There won t be a shortage of lawyers to interpret the industrial relations legislation and codes but it changes the feasibility of the old trade unions Doug DJ LoneRider Sun 2013 11 03 10 31 Michael Have you ever had to deal with a false dismissal claim with out a union to back you I would say no or you are a lawyer Using a lawyer they take half your pay out A system that benefits the legal profession only Andrew Leow Sat 2013 11 02 12 16 I thought the Coalition promised not to change the work choices again before last election Obviously the Coalition politicians are showing their true colour and prove that they can never be trusted with what

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  • Liz van Acker | Business Spectator
    European markets Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Liz van Acker Macfarlane s problem child The fate of the car industry theoretically rests with the Productivity Commission but Ian Macfarlane won t want to be known as the man who killed motoring by Liz van Acker 7 13am November 01 13 comments Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators Harnessing the power of the one man brand Ken Phillips 10 Jan 1 58 PM

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  • US crisis shows reform need: Hockey | Business Spectator
    register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy R Ambrose Raven Sat 2013 10 12 13 26 Absolutely We should introduce a 24 hour week with 38 hour pay Firmly enforcing existing labour standards would probably cover a good part of the cost It would also demonstrate just how much of our National Income is extracted by the filthy rich Its cost can be met by partly redistributing the vast income currently plundered by the profit seekers to feed only their greed Corporate tax rates are now at 30 year lows as a percentage of GDP Wages share of GDP dropped from 62 to 52 between 1978 and 2010 Reversing those two items alone would fund a 24 hour week and the filthy rich know it Firmly enforcing existing labour standards plus less laxity with temporary work visas would also help M C M Sun 2013 10 13 12 04 yes I totally agree with everything you say Labor had a great system I don t understand why the coalition has to come in and change it the labor system of have a leader promise a surplus in 3 years and then change leaders and say under the new leadership we will have a surplus in 3 years and then change back to the original leader and say we will have yes you guessed it a surplus is 2016 is fool proof I for one totally believed it and was really upset when Labor was voted out as if the public had just given them one more chance they for sure would have balanced the books by 2016 as they said they would I don t believe for 1 second that a critical spending program would have come up pushing the date back or stagnant revenues from some macro international problem Labor had finally gotten their act together and was going to balance the books by 2016 and then the silly Australian public sent them packing shame on you australia Kannen Erich Sun 2013 10 13 13 50 You RAmbrose and M C M Sun 2013 10 13 cannot be serious M C M Sun 2013 10 13 15 40 i can t speak for rambrose however mine was very heavy sarcasm Kannen Erich Sun 2013 10 13 18 33 I am so glad Phil Clarke Sun 2013 10 13 23 34 If you are going to exploit and repress people at least have the decency to be honest about it and not conceal your actions with so much twaddle Modern Australian Conservative politics is so full of twaddle In the good old days slave owners were proud of their position openly describing those they enslaved and often raped as inferior and at least partially sub human There was no doubt expressed by Victorian Conservatism that the poor like the rich achieved their social position at the whim of a frequently angry God with the rich man in his castle and the poor man at his gate God

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  • Productivity | Business Spectator
    per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Productivity Australians pessimistic on outlook for manufacturing sector poll Survey finds public tiring of govt support for manufacturing sector 4 20am October 10 4 comments The tech sector goes missing in action Deloitte s latest Positioning for Prosperity report makes an obvious and painful point for anyone who has an interest in the local tech industry The ICT sector is going nowhere in this country by James Riley 6 53am October 09 1 comment Regulatory reforms needed study Productivity Commission says small firms overly affected by regulators 12 28am October 09 Coalition urged to back off assets Infrastructure agency warns govt to avoid comment until audit completed 5 47am October 08 1 comment The RBA s interest rate playbook The RBA s economic charts highlight how reliant Australia has become on China They also show an economy where most major indicators are generally pointing in the right direction by Stephen Koukoulas 7 43am October 04 66 comments Aust reforms needed BHP BG Miners call for productivity IR reforms for Aust to compete globally 6 19am October 04 2 comments MCA decries miners tax burden Mining industry says taxes high even without carbon mining taxes 6 04am October 02 2 comments Navigating a social workplace Tapping the collective talent of an organisation is the first step in building a platform for innovation But making social work requires planning and a solid strategy by Cuneyt Uysal 8 51am October 01 McGauchie urges ag investment Nufarm AACo chairman says new govt has chance to capitalise on global food demand 7 57am September 30 1 comment Study urges fresh productivity focus Productivity growth will spark wage gains Productivity Commission 1 11am September 26 1 comment Abbott targets project roadblocks Coalition hopes to reform laws allowing protest groups to delay projects 4 27am September 25 Five tips for crowdfunding success The model of appealing to the public to fund social undertakings may date back centuries but the likes of Kickstarter have taken it to a whole new level Here s how you plan a foray into crowdfunding by Deb Verhoeven and Lee Astheimer 8 12am September 20 Top CEOs take pay cut survey Annual survey finds execs at top 100 Aust firms took pay cut in 2012 5 48am September 20 Coalition orders car industry study Productivity Commission to deliver draft report by Christmas 5 17am September 20 6 comments Aust faces slow growth risk Harris Productivity Commission chair warns

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  • Productivity | Business Spectator
    in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Productivity Govt asset sales needed Sims ACCC boss says competition review to be broader than most expect report 12 28am January 06 32 comments KPMG chair urges govt on costs Andrew says govt must address high taxes costs to encourage investment 3 48pm January 03 5 comments Slower growth could be the new normal Australia s growth prospects look set to turn worse in 2014 and with an ageing population deep budget cuts and a decline in mining investment it may be quite a while before it gets better by Callam Pickering 2 06am December 24 32 comments Productivity is biggest challenge NSW O Farrell focused on infrastructure jobs as premiers arrive at COAG meeting 9 47am December 13 1 comment Abbott is manufacturing a jobs disaster Productivity in the digital age is destroying many manufacturing jobs including in the auto industry Governments must have a plan to mitigate the rising fallout by Michael Gawenda 6 59am December 11 72 comments Govt must consider tolls BCA Business group says unpopular policies needed to close productivity gap 3 38am November 29 3 comments Aust competitiveness lags Shell Shell exec warns it sees no sign of easing construction cost pressures 4 55am November 28 3 comments Regulations come under fire Transfield chair says Aust regulators too often seek to replicate US EU 4 03am November 28 Low productivity worries firms poll Australian firms feel they lack sufficient ability to address falling productivity 3 34am November 27 9 comments RBA s Lowe urges tolls for infrastructure Tolls would help finance infrastructure boost productivity reduce cost of housing and improve living standards Lowe says 9 40am November 26 2 comments Govt downplays pension talk Hockey dismisses Productivity Commission call to lift pension age 1 44am November 23 8 comments Ageing seniors risk budget crisis Productivity Commission calls for pension age home equity reforms 12 30am November 22 45 comments Aust needs depreciation Garnaut Prominent economist calls business leaders expectations completely unrealistic 7 13am November 19 18 comments Arrow LNG project put on notice Shell PetroChina order Arrow managers to reign in project costs 6 35am November 15 Directors want litigation clampdown Business calls for tougher controls on litigation funders encouraging class actions 5 27am November 12 3 comments CFMEU faces watchdog probe Building watchdog to probe intimidation claims at Lend Lease sites 4 47am November 07 2 comments Govt to reform Fair Work regime

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  • Stop the reviews, start the reforms | Business Spectator
    our economy Governments shouldn t hide behind needing a mandate for every decision by taking changes to an election Governments are elected to lead make the tough decisions and take action when it is in the national interest We seem to have been in an economic reform black hole for the last decade or more Taxation reform should be a no brainer Broadening or increasing the GST or both would allow for removal of other inefficient taxes that are burdensome for business and government and also provide a bigger revenue base to tackle the deficit The Big Issues survey results support this and show the idea has backing within the business community and we have also found this through previous CEDA research conducted earlier in the year Increasing innovation also throws up some obvious paths for the federal government providing tax breaks for innovative practices and providing incentives to universities to work more closely with industry At the moment universities are rewarded for publishing in journals Why aren t we also incentivising universities to collaborate with industry to see ideas through to commercialisation This would have a two fold benefit It would help align university research with what industry actually needs and ensure that ideas developed in Australia reach fruition We know we have the research capabilities and facilities but we re not utilising this capability to its full potential The automotive industry is a salient example innovation remains a low priority and instead the focus has been on government handouts Australia should be looking to countries such as Switzerland and Germany to see how despite being advanced economies with similar high cost environments they are managing to be globally competitive in manufacturing Innovating and continuously evolving and improving both products and production practices allows them to stay ahead of competitors Future areas of growth such as those identified in the survey including energy agriculture and education health and aged care services should be priority areas for Australia to reform to ensure we are efficient flexible and innovative This will allow these sectors to be internationally competitive and provide our future economic growth as mining growth reduces Tony Abbott has created a persona as action man Tony and yet all we are seeing so far is paper pushing Let s hope this phase is short lived Professor the Hon Stephen Martin is chief executive of CEDA Print this page More from Stephen Martin 06 Dec Vital stats on a productivity comeback 06 Dec Lost in a productivity haze Related articles 11 Dec Keating had all the fun Abbott cops all the pain 05 Dec CEO departure pay to fall report 02 Dec Time to stop the budget finger pointing 22 Nov The Distillery Murray mistrust 15 Nov Today s CEOs don t know how to grow a business More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Art Flint Mon 2013 12 16 12 05 Yes good article too much paper pushing not enough actions Problems are mounting for AU economy Fixing taxation should be the priority Remove negative gearing on existing properties increase GST and increase out of pocket payments for health services for people in productive age non disabled This would cut the waste Mike Bolan Mon 2013 12 16 12 16 Yes at the moment multiple layers of committees stand in the way of any innovator entrepreneur or citizen with an idea In Tasmania we ve had business incubators populated by bureaucrats who take 60 of the income to the business We ve got public servants who inspect tourism and hotel businesses and charge for the privilege tax driven call centres who answer calls to tourism enterprises only from 9 5 on weekdays anything that helps government to justify the disproportionate number of public servants and charge money to pay them appears to be OK What we need is to remove these rent seekers from our systems so that we can reduce taxes and operate efficiently Until then Australia isn t a free country at all it s a regulated nightmare that cannot even educate its own young to a decent standard Anders Andersson Mon 2013 12 16 12 25 It is first when the tide goes out you will see who is swimming naked as Buffet says This is so true for Australia Australia is basically standing still and has not developed much since the 1960s still dependent on what is in the ground No tax reform or cost cutting will change any of this that is for sure One can imagine that Australia could become innovative flexible and productive However as things stand presently there are no signs this will occur To even bother to think that Australia could become competitive with countries such as Switzerland Sweden or Germany is simply ridiculous There is a reason why these countries always score high in productivity and innovation Why because these countries have clear strategies in delivering excellence in their chosen fields whether that is in cars clocks furniture trucks or submarines matters little If you look at new growth areas including clean energy technology on line shopping technology and supply chains technology and design of cars and trucks etc you will find that Switzerland Sweden and Germany are in the absolute top in innovation and competitiveness bill not available Mon 2013 12 16 20 33 Agree with you AA and have stated the same on this site many times As for Switzerland I have to add that their tax haven status provides them with billions in shadow banking monies the benefit to their economy from this source is never divulged but rest assured it is huge and will be protected at all cost Nick Nikov Mon 2013 12 16 12 25 It seems the author is not following parliament Legislation is being presented Votes are being taken Maybe

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  • Stephen Martin | Business Spectator
    Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Stephen Martin Stop the reviews start the reforms The latest CEDA Business Spectator Big Issues survey outlines the business community s major concerns and highlights the need for the government to start taking action by Stephen Martin 11 08am December 16 8 comments Vital stats on a productivity comeback CEDA s latest Big Issues survey reveals the business community s concern over multi factor productivity improvement and a preoccupation with the Asian Century by Stephen Martin 8 11am December 06 2 comments Lost in a productivity haze Our minority government has paid little attention to reforms around productivity and infrastructure but these are the areas on which Australia s future prosperity relies by Stephen Martin 9 14am December 06 2 comments Stop the reviews start the reforms The latest CEDA Business Spectator Big Issues survey outlines the business community s major concerns and highlights the need for the government to start taking action by Stephen Martin 11 08am December 16 8 comments Vital stats on a productivity comeback CEDA s latest Big Issues survey reveals the business community s concern over multi factor productivity improvement and a preoccupation with the Asian Century by Stephen Martin 8 11am December 06 2 comments Lost in a productivity haze Our minority government has paid little

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  • CEO departure pay to fall: report | Business Spectator
    Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu CEO departure pay to fall report 5 Dec 2013 1 49 AM 1 Economy Leadership Parting bonuses seen on wane due to govt reforms and internal hires You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Incoming chief executives are likely to receive slimmed down golden parachutes when they depart compared to those of their counterparts in recent years according to the Australian Financial Review The paper reports that an average 4 15 million was offloaded to long time corporate leaders who left their post this year as opposed to just 3 million last year but new deals for incoming leaders suggest this upward trend is fading A lot of investors were concerned that last year s show of restraint and foregoing bonuses was simply a token gesture but companies are now firmly focused on cost constraint right across their business co founder of proxy firm Ownership Matters Martin Lawrence told the AFR The reduction in size is seen as partly due to 2009 Labor reforms on executive pay and an increase in the number of internal hires Print this page Related articles 16 Dec Stop the reviews start the reforms 11 Dec Keating had all the fun Abbott cops all the pain 02 Dec Time to stop the budget finger pointing 22 Nov The Distillery Murray mistrust 15 Nov Today s CEOs don t know how to

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