View from Canberra – January 2022

In this edition, we take a look at what industrial relations changes are we likely to be canvassed in the upcoming federal election. It is still a few months away from the next federal election, but the ALP Opposition is clearly focused on industrial relations policy, as a key election issue. The ALP claims that it is on the side of workers and that workers will benefit from more job security, better pay and a fairer industrial relations system under an Albanese Government – if elected. The coalition government are yet to respond to the ALPs announcements or provide any alternatives to the current industrial relations environment. This is despite the recognition, in last years’ Attorney-General’s IR Roundtable discussions, that the system needed repair and the failed introduction of the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021.  
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