Ken Phillips

Morrison's 'pitch and miss' to small business

11 May 2022 12:00 pm

Last week Morrison made his pitch for the small business vote. It fell dead flat. That’s strange really. If you…

Albo plots against Australia’s self-employed

4 May 2022 9:00 am

There’s one seemingly small ‘bit’ in Labor’s election policy that should scare the hell out of Australia’s two million-or-so self-employed…

Thugs or no thugs...? Albo seeks to close ABCC

30 April 2022 4:00 am

Amidst Anthony Albanese’s confusing election promises, there’s one commitment that stands out. An Albanese Labor government will close down the Australian Building and…

Steering clear of the WorkChoices-IR trap

21 April 2022 12:00 pm

Calls by ‘big end of towners’ for industrial relations reforms amount to little more than kicking election campaign goals for the union…

All the wrong reasons for a federal integrity commission

19 April 2022 12:00 pm

Criticism of the Morrison government for not introducing a national anti-corruption Commission is not about Morrison refusing to have a…

The ‘unfair’ Australian contract

12 April 2022 12:00 pm

The idea of an ‘unfair’ contract can be seen as an affront to those who believe that any contract freely…

Is WorkSafe doing its job?

29 March 2022 12:00 pm

The effort to prosecute the Victorian government – including the Premier and his ministers, over the 2020 Hotel Quarantine disaster…

Who runs Australia – elected politicians or shadowy bureaucrats?

21 January 2022 2:00 pm

Who runs Australia? Is it the politically accountable politicians elected through the democratic process? Or is it the unidentified, unelected,…

Covid ‘rebels’ and the Eureka Stockade

4 January 2022 4:00 am

There’s a band of people who see themselves as the ‘keepers’ of the Eureka Stockade tradition, and they are much…

How we hope to hold people responsible for the hotel quarantine disaster: people, not just bureaucracies

29 November 2021 4:00 am

 In late September this year efforts bore fruit to require WorkSafe Victoria to prosecute government agencies and individuals over the…

We now have a bipartisan blueprint to make the tax office fairer. Over to you, Josh

1 November 2021 6:00 pm

The key Parliamentary Committee overseeing the Australian Taxation Office last week released a report calling for major reforms to the way the…

Daniel Andrews, all-powerful Zeus?

29 October 2021 4:00 am

When justifying the most recent hard Victorian lockdown that started on August 6, 2021, Premier Dan Andrews told the enquiring media pack…

What do Mercedes’ moves mean for the future of motoring

22 October 2021 12:30 pm

Why would the giant German auto manufacturer Daimler Benz purposefully set out to trash its own brand? There must be something startling happening…

What triggered Melbourne’s union protests – from on the ground

27 September 2021 4:00 am

What actually triggered the mass civil disobedience by construction workers last week in Melbourne? The following is a record of…

The rule of law is cracking in Victoria – and so is the Labor establishment

22 September 2021 4:00 am

Victoria, but perhaps more specifically Melbourne, is in serious trouble. Law and order is not just breaking down, it’s already cracked.  When a supporter of…

Unfair contracts bill a boon for small business

2 September 2021 11:30 am

With all the focus on Covid, it’s good to see that major reform efforts are still underway.  Last week the…

Have WorkSafe Victoria breached their statutory obligations over the hotel quarantine disaster?

30 August 2021 4:00 am

It’s been eight weeks since the Victorian WorkSafe Authority failed to send to the Director of Public Prosecutions its investigation…

Governments, get real. Eliminating Covid from the community with fines is fantasy

24 August 2021 4:00 am

The unacceptable violence at Melbourne’s ‘freedom’ rally, the quieter Sydney and Adelaide rallies and the New South Wales/Queensland border ‘invasion’…

Qantas move makes mandatory job jabs clarity yet more urgent

18 August 2021 11:34 am

Today, Qantas has become our largest corporate so far to announce it will make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for all staff.…

The hotel quarantine disaster WorkSafe action latest: the rule of law in Victoria is on public trial

10 August 2021 12:39 pm

There has been a concerning development with the process to prosecute the Victorian Government over the 2020 Hotel Quarantine breaches that…

Now more than ever small business needs to be paid on time

9 July 2021 1:15 pm

My heart was gladdened recently by the spectacular collapse of Greensill Capital, once a darling of the financial and (some) political elites in Australia and Britain. I…

Is WorkSafe Victoria grossly incompetent – or is something else going on?

30 June 2021 4:00 am

We need to ask:  Is WorkSafe Victoria grossly incompetent or is something else going on?  Yesterday, June 29, 2021 was…

Desperate Dan is ditching democracy

16 June 2021 1:10 pm

It seems that the Victorian Labor government has become fed up with having to operate in a parliamentary democracy.  The Age reports…

Lockdown IV: The Victorian government can’t evade the law

1 June 2021 12:03 pm

Why is it that Victorians, perhaps more specifically Melburnians, are having such a bad time with Covid in comparison to the other states? Why is this fourth lockdown occurring?  Already…

Sorry Labor, but the gig economy is alive and well

27 May 2021 4:00 am

There’s a lot of excitement coming from the union movement and the usual suspects among the commentariat over the recent ‘Deliveroo’ decision.…