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Industry Commission should examine labour market practices



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JOHN HOWARD, M.P. MEMBER FOR BENNELONG SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING

IR 56/93

INDUSTRY COMMISSION SIIOULD EXAMINE LABOUR MARKET PRACTICES

In a speech today to the Australian Society of Corporate Treasurers, I have argued that the public enquiry procedures of the Industry Commission now used in relation to industry matters should be utilised on a systematic basis to examine

labour market practices.

There is a public interest in exposing the cost and ramifications of protective arrangements in industry. Likewise, there is a public interest in exposing the cost and ramifications of restrictive labour market practices which

reduce productivity to the detriment of both consumers and the nation generally.

The Industrial Relations Commission is inherently unsuitable for such a role. Its charter is to settle industrial disputes not expose the cost of particular practices.

The Industry Commission (and Its predecessor) has built an impressive reputation for objective analysis. Governments are free to accept or reject its recommendations.

Its great virtue has been to inform the public. There is little doubt it has wrought a change in the culture of industry during the past twenty five years. It Gould perform a similar function in the industrial relations arena.

My speech to the Corporate Treasurers also analyses the "winner takes all" character of the industrial relations changes put forward by the Keating government.

SYDNEY 14 October 1993

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