Employment Grows –But Faster Growth in Drop Outs

The June ABS Labour Force figures show  employment continuing to grow but at a much slower rate than the growth in the working age population (WAP) – over the past 12 months employment rose by only 0.9% while the WAP increased at double that rate (1.8%).

This indicates further large increases in those who have given up actively looking for work. And these partly reflect the adverse effects of the regulatory system.

Labour Force – Increases Since June 2013

000s             Percent

Employment                                           1,042                0.9

Working Age Population                        3,774                1.8

Unemployed                                            51                    7.5

Although the unemployment rate is up only 0.1 percentage point to 6.0% (S Adj), the labour market is much weaker than this suggests. The failure of the growth in employment to keep up with the working age population increase means continuing high drop outs of the labour force. Before the Fair Work legislation employment was growing faster than the WAP.

Unless there is a major improvement in labour demand the Abbott Government will not achieve the budget forecast employment growth of 1.5% in 2014-15. And Abbott’s pre-election jobs target of a one million increase within five years will fall well short.

The revelations at the Royal Commission show that urgent changes must be made to the existing regulatory legislation, and the administration of it,  to remove the bias evident in the existing arrangements and stop  militant unionism. The proposals to reform the ABBC and other minor reforms are welcome but have yet to be implemented and will not themselves change union behaviour.

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The Life and Times of Ray Evans

Patrick Morgan pens this tribute to Ray Evans:

The political campaigner, Ray Evans, formally known as N.R. Evans, died on Tuesday evening, July 17, after collapsing the previous Sunday and lapsing into a coma. Best known for his dry economic  views, he boasted a diverse group of friends and acquaintances who inhabited interlocking networks, many of which Ray created.

In the early Sixties, Ray was part of a loose grouping that included Brian Buckley, Paddy O’Brien, John Kiely, Bob Browning and Bob Murray — people in their mid-twenties who were doing late courses or still mixing in university circles. At this stage Ray was a young working engineer who ran an open house on weekends in his large and rambling abode in North Carlton. He and his first wife, Marion, had a young family with lots of children. People with political and affiliated interests would drop by to chat in a relaxed way about their current passions, Barry Jones among the regulars. Many of Ray’s guests were centre-right members of the ALP and keen to dislodge the dominant-but-unrepresentative Bill Hartley-Socialist Left cabal, a necessary pre-condition for Labor gaining office at federal and state level.

Though a graduate engineer, Ray became a member of the Fuel & Fodder Workers Union so he could participate as a delegate at annual ALP and Trades Hall conferences. But when the Federal ALP Member for Wills, Captain S. Benson, was expelled by the Hartley clique, Ray pulled up stumps on the ALP and, as it turned out, on a party political career. He formed a breakaway group to helpBenson’s successful 1966 bid to retain his seat as an independent. This was, I think, the first of many organisations Ray formed as the need arose. Read more

Ray Evans: A quiet shaper of the right’s ideas

John Roskam, Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, on the legacy of Ray Evans:

Ray Evans, who died in Melbourne on Tuesday at the age of 74, had more influence on politics and policy in Australia than 95 per cent of MPs who have been in the federal Parliament, and 99 per cent of MPs who have ever been in a state Parliament.

In some way or another, Evans was involved in, and helped shape, the course of every major policy debate in Australia of the last 30 years. And he did it all as a private citizen who volunteered his own time for the public good. He was the epitome of a concerned and engaged member of the community. And because the causes Evans pursued were not of the left, his efforts were without the assistance of government funding. It’s easy being a public intellectual when you’re employed at the ABC or have a tenured professorship. Read more

Supporting the Right to Work Campaign

The following is a speech given by HR Nicholls Society President Adam Bisits at the launch of the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation Right to Work campaign to abolish 3 hour shift minimums: 

With Aaron Lane I thank Jack Aquilina and Evan Mulhulloand for the invitation to support this Right to Work campaign.

The HR Nicholls Society stands for freedom of employment including the employee directly agreeing terms of employment with the employer.

Thus the employee should be able to decide and agree his or her minimum hours of work.

A 3 hour minimum shift imposed by delegated legislation denies that freedom. The “modern award”, as the delegated legislation is called, is not made in settlement of a dispute, which might have led to a  ceding of freedom. The award operates as a plain denial or taking of freedom. Read more