Saturday, May 25, 2019

Big bonuses for Queensland’s electricity bosses despite consumer outrage

Queensland power bosses have pocketed extravagant bonuses despite a surge in complaints by consumers over costs and supply. Revealed by The Courier-Mail, Queensland’s state-owned power utilities paid...

Queensland refuses $245m in federal skills funding

The Palaszczuk Government has rejected $245 million in federal funds intended to create up to 50,000 training places for apprentices in areas suffering shortages. In...

New Labor policy to reveal gender pay gap and manager pay in businesses

Companies with more than 1000 employees will be forced to publicly reveal their gender pay gap as well as the pay gap between managers...

Strawberry Tampering Needs a Measured Response Not Hysteria

A Sunshine Coast strawberry farmer has been forced to stop production and cut 100 jobs following the public outcry around tampering of strawberries across...

When Does Changing the Rules Become Moving the Goalposts?

Last year, after hearing 6,000 submissions and analysing mountains of economic data, the Fair Work Commission decided to reduce some Sunday penalty rates -...

Is the CFMEU at it Again?

Unionists have been reported to be again intimidating small businesses in the construction industry. Video has emerged of several officials from the militant CFMEU demanding...

Hidden Report Shows Public Service Ballooning

Top-tier consulting firm KPMG today released this $165,000 report about the effectiveness of the Queensland public service, revealing some serious under-performance issues. Meanwhile the number...

Taxpayers are Footing the Bill for State Largess

Those who run businesses or work in the private sector might be forgiven for feeling a little jealous of public servants after Queensland industrial...

Fair Work Ombudsman’s Bid to Impose $4M penalty thrown out

The Federal Court has thrown out the Fair Work Ombudsman’s bid to have $4.1 million in penalties and compensation imposed on the maritime union...

Budget Offers Highways to Small Business Relief While Debt Concern Lingers

Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad’s first State Budget has a championed a growth narrative with positive announcements around infrastructure and small business, although questions still...