And more astonishing stuff from a “helpful” gummit

Just what small business has been calling for – help with complying with the absurdly complex and competitiveness-sapping industrial relations laws!

I think what’s really scary is that the Coalition government doesn’t seem to get it … it’s not compliance that’s the big issue, it’s the law itself, particularly in respect of penalty rates, junior rates of pay, unfair dismissals, etc.  How does this possibly deliver on a commitment to improve the Fair Work Laws?

Check out the media release:

New Helpline for Small Business

Minister for Employment, Senator Eric Abetz and the Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson today joined the Fair Work Ombudsman to launch a new helpline for small business.

We said before the election we would restore confidence in the sector, encourage growth, drive employment and innovation and this delivers on the Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws.

Small business people who call the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 will now receive priority service which will help them to efficiently improve their understanding of the laws so they are confident to grow, invest and create jobs.

The Fair Work Ombudsman will assist small business people  by reducing waiting time, educating and assisting the sector to comply with workplace laws and reduce the stress on small business owners.

Small businesses are the economic life blood of communities and this step is part of a wider program to better support and increase the productivity of small businesses.
Employers can call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 between 8am and 5.30pm weekdays to obtain free advice and assistance from a team of expert advisers. A free interpreter service is available by calling 13 14 50.
 There are also a range of tools and resources available on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website at www.fairwork.gov.au/smallbusiness.
 
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41 Responses to And more astonishing stuff from a “helpful” gummit

  1. James B

    Unbelievable. What utterly useless shit. This must be the worst government in fucking history. I can’t believe I held out hope.

  2. Gab

    How does this possibly deliver on a commitment to improve the Fair Work Laws?

    It doesn’t, of course but it does create more public service jobs. The ghost of WorkChoices past still has the LNP cowering in the corner.

  3. handjive

    The Coming Global Wealth Tax

    From New York to London, Paris and beyond, powerful economic players are deciding that with an ever-deteriorating global fiscal outlook, conventional levels and methods of taxation will no longer suffice. That makes weapons of mass wealth destruction—such as the IMF’s one-off capital levy, Cyprus’s bank deposit confiscation, or outright sovereign defaults—likelier by the day.

    Small business- Small change …

  4. Andrew

    Unbelievable. What utterly useless shit. This must be the worst government in fucking history. I can’t believe I held out hope

    Surely that title still belongs to Rudd/Gillard?

  5. Rodney

    Nobody knows what the innumerable govt regulations are and implementation is totally erratic in any case.
    Whatever the rules it can take up to a year to register a business name following the transfer of this function to the commonwealth, instead of 1 week for example.
    Will the advice offered be legally binding? Will small businesses which follow the advice be protected as to costs?
    This goverment sucks.

  6. Stephen Williams

    Why don’t they understand that the Laws and Regulations are the problem? Instead of wasting time and money with this crap they should be repealing a huge amount of law and regulation.

  7. calli

    I won’t be using it. Cut out the red tape you half wits. Problem solved.

  8. Louis Hissink

    Seems Eric and Bruce have been got at by Sir Humphrey

  9. struth

    Vote us in and we will repeal capital punishment.
    Now we’re in we will address the capital punishment issue by giving those condemned a map from their cell to the chair. There, that should make it more helpful. Taxpayers can pay for the map.
    Welcome to the wonderful world of Labor Lite.

  10. Rodney

    Who is going to staff this crappy service. No doubt Canberra public servants like the one who couldnot understand why a 6 month delay for an export permit was a problem, or the one who casually cancelled all sorts of lifelong plant operators licences without telling them.
    And to think I voted for these bastards.

  11. Rabz

    Cut out the red tape you half wits. Problem solved.

    Again, why is this such a difficult concept for the new government to understand?

  12. Yon Toad

    What a load of absolute bureaucratic blather! Abetz and Bilson should go soak their heads.

  13. Ant

    FWA is infested with ALP mates and union hacks. They will be doing very little that makes the workplace “fair” for employees or employers or taxpayers who fund some of those employers directly or indirectly.

    If they don’t run through the FWA offices with a high pressure hose, like a pig farmer flushing out his filthy pens, they’re not serious.

    The Coalition needs to grow a pair and deliver pain and “bad” news now to the thousands of sychophantic bureaucrats installed for little more reason than they know somebody or who knows somebody in the Labor Party or some union.

  14. James B

    The Coalition are big government phonies. I can’t believe you people didn’t realise this.

    Vote LDP next time.

  15. struth

    The last coalition government were not big government phonies.
    The jury really should still be out on Abbott , although he is starting to be a real worry.
    I personally was too busy working until labor policies started killing off industry to even have heard of the LDP.
    You weren’t known by many , and only now been voted in on the back of mistaken votes for the coalition.
    Probably not the right time to be smug. It won’t help your cause James.

  16. Steve D

    Too timid to fix what needs fixing.

    Time for all the confused bosses out there to use the help line and then compare notes afterwards. Take the inconsistencies back to the ministers and show them how badly it needs fixing.

  17. Anne

    Time for all the confused bosses out there to use the help line and then compare notes afterwards. Take the inconsistencies back to the ministers and show them how badly it needs fixing.

    Trouble is, confused bosses don’t have TIME…we’re too busy running the business!

  18. Motelier

    Small business people who call the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 will now receive priority service which will help them to efficiently improve their understanding of the laws so they are confident to grow, invest and create jobs.

    The Fair Work Ombudsman will assist small business people by reducing waiting time, educating and assisting the sector to comply with workplace laws and reduce the stress on small business owners.

    Small businesses are the economic life blood of communities and this step is part of a wider program to better support and increase the productivity of small businesses.

    I am all done with motherhood statements like those quoted above.
    If I have a problem with a government department it seems that I have to be educated so that I understand the laws? FMD

    I have been trying not to be too critical of the new government but I constantly see wet soggy lettuce leaves being waved around.

    For once how about the Honourable Minister for Small Business and the Honourable Minister for Employment get out and about and find out why small business is not hiring, and, why business confidence is low. Here is another idea, do it between this sitting of parliament and the next sitting.

    I bet they won’t because they would want to be slapped with a wet lettuce leaf.

  19. calli

    Quite so, Motelier.

    I won’t be hiring anyone in the foreseeable future. The cost of ridding myself of a dud is just too great – been there, done that. Fortunately I’m in a business where I can subcontract out the lion’s share of my work (except supervision). Margins are way too tight, and forward contracts too patchy, but showing some signs of improvement.

    The day I up my margins, I will let you guys know…and you can break out the champagne with me.

  20. rickw

    I’m so glad I voted for these jackass’s.

  21. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    A great disappointment. A help-line is a hindrance not a help. Just more public servants.
    Get rid of some regulations or we’ll have a tearing-up ceremony on your doorstep.

  22. Motelier

    Calli

    The problem is not unique to small business however.

    What I am really afraid of is more money being given to large inefficient business groups just because it has some sort of political credibility.

    For the record we only use casuals and contractors in both motels.

  23. calli

    What I am really afraid of is more money being given to large inefficient business groups

    Happened in the BER. Big corporation gets lots of lovely taxpayer money, starts the project, strips the money out, goes broke, stiffs the subbies. Then starts up again under a different name, rinse and repeat. Very efficient at looting, but not much else.

    They really are good value aren’t they? And successive governments still won’t learn.

  24. Motelier

    In the BER I had to grit my teeth daily.

    Self censor

  25. Ant

    Gee, “BER” and “pigs” mentioned in the same thread. Must be coincidence.

  26. Chris M

    So can the helpline give me good tax minimisation advice?

  27. Bear Necessities

    Can the help line give me advice on how to extort money for prostitutes?

  28. Infidel Tiger

    Obamacare has a helpline and a website too.

    LNP: fuckwits.

  29. .

    “Don’t be smug, Abbott deserves a chance”

    You can’t be frigging serious. This duplicates a useless State level Governmental service.

    FFS.

    Election now.

  30. dd

    this delivers on the Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws.

    Thank God for that. Mission accomplished. The Fair Work Laws have been improved!

  31. Motelier

    DD

    Sarcasm tag please. I am sure you missed it.

  32. James B

    Words cannot describe how much I fucking hate this big government phony. THis fucking red. He is a RED. He is a communist. Just like Howard (the guy who confiscated our guns), Fraser (the guy who didn’t repeal anything Gough did) and Menzies (the man who practically assembled the modern welfare state).

    I am done with the Liberal Party. They are just big government populist statists. How anyone who isn’t dumber than sack of shit can vote for them these days amazes me. Yet they’ve still got all you people spell-bound.

  33. calli

    I am done with the Liberal Party. They are just big government populist statists. How anyone who isn’t dumber than sack of shit can vote for them these days amazes me. Yet they’ve still got all you people spell-bound.

    Out of interest, your alternative would be…?

  34. James B

    Liberal Democrats (http://www.ldp.org.au/).

    Note: I’m not a member, don’t ever plan to be. Not involved with the party at all.

  35. Motelier

    James B

    Join a political party. I am a member of the LNP here in Qld. I do have a say. It may be minimal but I do have a say. If other agree with me then it makes my point stronger. Politics is a numbers game. Never forget that fact. If the numbers are not there then forget it.

    The government does things that I do not agree with but at least I have a say. I hope that my letters to my local member have at the least a cerebral response from them. However it is desirable for the government act on any mandate given to them from their last election

  36. wreckage

    They said they wouldn’t touch IR, and they aren’t. Pretty simple. I don’t know what you guys expected.

  37. M Ryutin

    I think I can see plenty of defeatism here lately. While the danger of the Abbot government becoming a do-nothing Fraser government hasn’t been shown (or disproved) it is only 3 months. But more than that, I can sense the danger of worse than just that happening. And that erstwhile supporters (even best-of-bad-options- types) carry unrealistic expectations and that carries with it a foggy lens through which it’s actions are seen. Isn’t that what is happening here and in another post by Judith about Gonski?

    In this one, the article and comments seem to concentrate on the (to them) apparent action being an indicator of working with Fair Work legislation and regulation as if it has all been accepted by Abbott and Co as a current policy they will work with on an ongoing basis. Now I don’t mind people objecting to bothering working with a current policy at all when you intend to get rid of it within weeks or a few months at most. But when such major changes are not likely to be that soon or that major political work has to be done to ensure that the new government is even around to work those changes because of immediate danger to it’s survival, then that hardline attitude is misplaced. If such things can turn a person into a defeatist, let alone an opponent is ridiculous.

    Firstly, in this case the probable delay in any changes means to me that such assistance if getting through them to work with them is a benefit to small businesses and others. Secondly, have you forgotten that ridiculous over-regulation generally is an ongoing government target being worked through all federal departments right now? And finally, apart from whatever they can get through on reducing regulation on FWA considering its difficulty due to the Work Choices legacy, the government is planning on trumping the only stacking of FWA what it is likely to be able to successfully argue and that is the planned top tier positions of authority over industrial matters and that is the subject of much difficulty.

    I say Work Choices ‘legacy’ because the disaster of that policy – the non-inclusion of a ‘No Disadvantage Test’ – has ruined the legislative atmosphere for major industrial changes for years, adding a meaningful scare campaign to all oppositions to the government.
    On Gonski, as well as this particular post topic a political naivite in not being able to read the day-to-day political realities, what seems to have been missed is that the Abbott government is at a critical stage in the matter of its very survival as a group that can even be allowed to govern. Actions by both the ALP and the government show that the time available before the end of the year is a potential turning point in answering that question and the governments responses in that period is of vital importance.

    By the ALP joining with Greens to disallow TPV’s and oppose the savings in policies they took to the election themselves showed that they have decided on a policy of not only opposing everything, but that they are determined to disallow whenever they can the government to reduce the deficit in any way. They aim to blame the government for not improving anything yet deny them the opportunity to do so. The government, on the other hand, clearly signaled this week that they are fighting back hard. Clearing the decks on Gonski was a vital part of that and hardliners who demand immediate repair and decry their efforts fail to see that a fake issue was becoming a millstone that had to be removed or let it haunt them all through the break, ruining their political standing unless addressed. The strong fight back by Abbott on that and in parliament (by pushing that bills be dealt with before Xmas) allowed him to get a fist refusal/failure I before the break.

    This Senate is a lost cause and all of you should know that, but to have hopes that a new Senate would make the difference is foolish. While the Liberal Democrat is seemingly loved by classic libertarians, real people see his participation generally as partial only. But anyone who has the slightest faith that the Clive Palmer stooges would ever see reason, even on the carbon tax – where their lord and master wants his money back – needs their heads read!

    Now is there is anyone who can’t see the need to hasten slowly, keeping public confidence as much as is possible while at the same time piling up legislation, win or lose on them, until an early election or, as I hope, a Double Dissolution can get something through? If there are such people who really don’t care and want a hard line on everything now, then I say they have the same mentality that the Bill Hartley Victorian ALP had in the 60‘s- be pure and not care about governing. Ever.

  38. wazsah

    Ministers captured by the PS – direct lift from “Yes Minister” – a show that stills looks modern today – enjoy the DVD’s from your local library.

  39. dd

    The Fair Work Act has been improved. Hooray!
    A promise delivered.

  40. Makka

    The workplace, the media (ALPBC), education. The Govt allows the Left to make use of our money to dominate or exercise heavy influence in these crucial areas. This is disgusting. Abbott was elected to fix this but thus far shows no inclination of doing so. If it continues , the LNP will lose some serious suport.

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