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  • Dividing Australia’s two biggest states is chaos in the making

    "The Ill-considered closure of the NSW-Victoria border will pull the rug out from under any recovery and is chaos in the making," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group, said today.

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  • Australian PCI®: Construction industry contracts at slower pace in June

    The Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI®) rose by 10.6 points to 35.5 in June, indicating that business conditions remained negative across the construction industry but the pace of contraction eased from the record lows experienced since March (readings below 50 indicate contraction in activity, with lower results indicating a faster contraction).

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  • Updated Defence strategy a timely response to geopolitical tensions

    "The announcement today of a new updated strategy for Australia’s defence arrangements is a strong and timely response to rising geo-political tensions and uncertainty. The directions announced will make Australia more resilient and better equipped to meet potential challenges and will require further development of domestic defence industry capabilities,” Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group said today.

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  • Australian PMI®: Manufacturing expands in June

    The Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI®) moved into positive territory in June, increasing by 9.9 points to 51.5 (readings above 50 points indicate expansion in activity, with higher results indicating a faster rate of expansion).

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  • FWC extends COVID-19 schedule in the Clerks Award

    "The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) welcomes today's decision of a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission to extend the operation of core elements of the COVID-19 schedule in the Clerks Award until the end of September, despite strong opposition from the unions. Trying to reintroduce unnecessary rigidities into the workplace makes no economic or employment sense at this time," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group said today.

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  • National skills data shows encouraging lift in hiring

    "The national Skills Commission data released today shows an encouraging lift in employers expecting to hire," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group, said today.

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  • Bipartisanship on climate framework a prize well worth pursuing

    "Industry hopes that today's olive branch from the Federal Opposition after more than a decade of political squabbling can be the start of serious policy discussions towards longer-term certainty on energy and emissions policy," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group, said today.

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  • Reimposed Vic restrictions batter business confidence

    "The reimposition of tighter restrictions due to a rising number of Covid-19 cases in Victoria will batter already fragile business and consumer confidence," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group, said today.

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  • Contingency fee legislation is another impediment to doing business in Victoria

    “The Victorian Government’s legislation to allow contingency fees to be charged by lawyers in class action proceedings in Victoria, is yet another barrier to investment and jobs in Victoria. It follows the passage a few days ago of a Wage Theft Act that will expose Victorian employers to criminal penalties for certain underpayments,” Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group, said today.

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  • Massive risk to business exposed by cyber attack

    “The cyber-attacks revealed by the Prime Minister today is chilling news that reinforces the message that businesses need to be vigilant at this time of increased geopolitical tensions and with the changed work practices due to COVID-19. It is becoming increasingly obvious over time that as these tensions increase in the new operating environment Australian policy makers are going to have to make hard choices and choose sides - decisions that for decades we have sought to avoid at a national level. This obviously increases the risks for Australian industry,” Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the national employer association Ai Group, said today.

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