Son of Labor-voting unionists calls for curbs on labour market intervention

From Workplace Express($):

A former HR Nicholls Society officeholder has used his first speech in the Senate to declare that it is a duty to remove every obstacle to work.

James Paterson, previously a staffer at the free market Institute of Public Affairs, said in the speech yesterday that every intervention in the labour market that made it more difficult to get and keep a job should be avoided at all costs.

“We must make it as easy and cheap as possible to employ people, so that anyone who wants to work is able to,” he told the Senate yesterday.

“The most important reason why we must reform our welfare and industrial relations systems is not that it is good for the budget bottom line or the economy.

“We must do it because it is good for people.”

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