“Today’s National Reform Summit has failed to agree to a meaningful reform agenda,” says James Paterson, Deputy Executive Director of the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Mr Paterson participated in the Summit in Sydney today.
“The Australian and the Australian Financial Review are to be commended for their attempt to forge a consensus reform agenda. Regrettably, key summit participants vetoed crucial aspects of any holistic reform program that could boost our prosperity,” says Mr Paterson.
“Critical areas of national reform were declared no-go areas. Workplace relations reform, essential to improving Australia’s slipping productivity, was barely discussed. In the statement, the words ‘award’, ‘penalty rates’, ‘unfair dismissal’ and ‘Fair Work Commission’ were not even mentioned.”