Peter Harris: workplace relations without the ideology


Fair Work Commission

If there is to be regulation, the regulator should be fit for purpose, says the chairman of the Productivity Commission, with high quality forecasting like the Reserve Bank does for monetary policy. The Fair Work Commission cannot rely on partisan analysis, instead, the FWC should be in the public debate.

The Workplace Relations Inquiry draft report released last week has surprised a number of commentators — from the left and from the right.

The basis of those judgments differed, of course.

But at either end of the spectrum those who thought they knew our ideology have been surprised.
And I’m pretty happy about that.

We don’t have an ideology at the Productivity Commission.

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