The Age calls it a leaked draft as if there was some scandal being revealed but even they could hardly make more of it than that this is an inquiry that needs to happen. To no one’s surprise whatsoever, Abbott government to scrutinise pay, penalties, conditions.
The inquiry is framed around the need to maintain “fair and equitable pay and conditions for employees, including the maintenance of a relevant safety net”…. The terms of reference, which are yet to be finalised and have not been signed off by cabinet, are carefully framed to ensure any recommendations “maximise outcomes for Australian employers, employees and the economy, bearing in mind the need to ensure workers are protected, the need for business to be able to grow, prosper and employ and the need to reduce unnecessary and excessive regulation”.
Anything that relates pay and conditions to productivity and performance is opposed by the unions as a matter of routine. But even here I think they know better. If we want secure jobs, faster growth and higher incomes across the board, this is how we are going to get them.