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A Victorian Act of Evil — Most likely unconstitutional! — Most likely to be passed in Parliament

Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Victorian government is pushing through Parliament a new Workplace Manslaughter Bill. It has passed the Lower House and is to be considered in the Upper House within two weeks. It is likely to pass.

I explain in a short YouTube clip why this Victorian Manslaughter law can be accurately described as an Act of Evil. Watch my explanation here.

The Bill is evil because it holds that a collective of persons, a corporation, can be guilty of a criminal act. This defiles all notions of criminal justice in a civilised society. Individuals commit criminal acts, not collectives. That is, the Victorian government is deconstructing a core foundation of civilised societies.  More...


What’s been happening in the construction sector for the self-employed?

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The construction sector has high numbers of self-employed, independent contractors, but it’s an area that has always attracted significant controversy.

While the industry is in holiday shutdown we thought subbies (in between watching cricket, fishin’ and so on) might have a minute or two to catch up on new enforcement processes important to their businesses.  More...


WA Election 2017—Some important issues

Friday, January 20, 2017

Western Australia goes to the polls on 11 March. It’s looking like a cliffhanger.
 
One Nation is polling at 11 per cent and fielding candidates in 45 of the 59 Lower House seats and in all Upper House seats. Its polling numbers are double those of the Greens. There’s a strong prospect that after the election government will only be formed with the support of One Nation.  More...


OHS: Harmonized to what?

Sunday, February 01, 2015

You might recall the process to ‘harmonize’ Australia’s work safety laws that unfolded between about 2010 and 2012. ICA campaigned on the issue closely, opposing the harmonized model that was being pushed. The outcome has been bit of a hotch-potch, with WA and Victoria staying out of the process and SA significantly changing the laws. More...


South Australia does ‘get’ small business

Monday, December 03, 2012

South Australia is really moving ahead for small business people on several fronts. The Small Business Commissioner will have an oversight role on work safety codes of practice. Now SA has just increased the ability of small business people to represent themselves in the magistrates court. That’s’ good! More...


Another (big) nail in Gillard government's OHS harmonised push

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Last week the South Australian Parliament finally passed new work safety (OHS) laws. It’s been about an 18-month battle as the SA Labor government tried to push through the Gillard government’s model harmonised OHS laws. The outcome in SA, however, is a major departure from the harmonised laws. We’ve summarised and commented on the key amendments here. Ken Phillips' associated Business Spectator article is hereMore...


Construction Violence: “It’s a long way to fall, mate!”

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

ICA has released its report and submission to a Victorian inquiry into construction union violence. The report—“It’s a long way to fall, mate!”—calls for action to prosecute violence and harassment on worksites and to investigate and address bikie gang and drug trafficking problems on Victorian construction sites. The Herald Sun has given the report major coverage todayMore...



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