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Government ploughs on with IR bills despite citizenship questions

The Turnbull Government has listed two contested IR Bills for the debate in the Senate next week, setting it at odds with union calls to hold back controversial legislation until the citizenship status of MPs is clarified.

Shorten calls for return to 1980s-style cooperation

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is calling for businesses, unions and employers to do "something radical, something profoundly different" by resuming 1980s-style cooperation to end wage stagnation and boost the economy.

Pacific Island guest worker program expanded

Citizens of nine of the Pacific's most vulnerable island nations and Timor-Leste will soon be able to work in the aged care sector in regional Australia following a Federal Government decision to establish a new Pacific Labour Scheme alongside the existing Seasonal Worker Programme.

Mining leviathans mount new campaign for IR change

The Minerals Council has entered the IR debate with a call to outlaw industrial action over labour hire and contracting-out, sideline unions and make it more difficult to enter workplaces and establish unlawful adverse action.

Unions seek stronger entry rights to curb exploitation of visa workers

Unions are seeking the reinstatement of powers to inspect non-members' time and wages records, after their analysis of 200 job advertisements aimed at Chinese, Korean and Spanish-speakers showed that almost four out of every five pay less than the award.

I will not keep my head down: ACTU's McManus

New ACTU secretary Sally McManus has defended her support for unionists to break "unjust laws", arguing the ability to strike is a "human right" and that Australia is out of step with international labour conventions.