Whatever happened to Australia’s capacity to utilise labour market policies as a productive tool for both economic and social reforms. There was a recognition among industry, unions, and governments that labour market policies would and actually did contribute to a dynamic economy which was the envy of the industrialised world. Macro economic reforms were successfully struck through productive agreements with industries, businesses and unions where improvements in outputs and efficiencies were leading the world. We must get back to the positive relationships where we are not seen as having a limited ability or capacity to handle industrial disputation.
Bi/Tri partisanship in our world of politics, business and international reputation must be seen as a leading light that sets Australia apart from any other developed and developing country.