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Employer matters in 2007

journal contribution
posted on 2008-06-01, 00:00 authored by Bruce Hearn Mackinnon
The year 2007 may well be remembered as one being short on major industrial disputation, yet one where industrial relations itself dominated public discussion and political life of the country like no other time in Australia's history. It was a year dominated by the electoral cycle, with both organized labour as well as major employers playing their cards very carefully, lest they provide political ammunition to their political and industrial opponents. Thanks largely to the effectiveness of the union movement's anti Work Choices campaign, major employer groups and their political allies the Howard government found themselves fighting a rearguard, and ultimately losing, battle, valiantly trying to defend the Work Choices regime. At year's end, the Liberal government had lost office, Prime Minister John Howard had lost his own seat in Parliament, and the Rudd Labor Government had been swept to power with a clear mandate to dismantle the Work Choices regime. Yet despite this conclusion to a year dominated by debate over industrial relations, it seems that employers had nevertheless lobbied Labor party leaders successfully enough to secure the continuation of many key components of the former Howard government's industrial relations regime.

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Journal

Journal of industrial relations

Volume

50

Issue

3

Pagination

463 - 474

Publisher

Sage Publications Inc.

Location

London, England

ISSN

0022-1856

eISSN

1472-9296

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2008, Industrial Relations Society of Australia

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