Rollback of Fair Work laws ‘inevitable’: Howard

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Rollback of Fair Work laws ‘inevitable’: Howard

Federal Labor's industrial reforms will inevitably have to be wound back to improve productivity and Australia's competitiveness, former prime minister John Howard said in a recent interview.

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Federal Labor’s industrial reforms will inevitably have to be wound back to improve productivity and Australia’s competitiveness, former prime minister John Howard said in a recent interview.

Howard has previously said that he had taken ‘a vow of silence’ and how the Liberal party’s industrial policy was a matter for the party.

‘I’m not there, I’m the past as far as parliamentary tactics are concerned,’ Howard told ABC Television.

‘But I do know that at some point this country has to wind back the re-regulation of the labour market.’

WorkChoices
 
Howard said that WorkChoices was not a real obstacle to the coalition talking about industrial relations.

He continued:
‘… Labor is run by the unions even more so now than when I was prime minister …
 
It’s blindingly obvious one of the worst mistakes [Gillard] has made is to reregulate the labour market …

It’s affecting our productivity and it will therefore affect our competitiveness.’

Mr Howard said Ms Gillard’s biggest problem was that she lacked authority because she failed to win a clear majority at the election and was forced to form a minority government.

Next election
 
Howard predicted independent MPs Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor would both lose their seats at the next election. There would then be a clear majority again for the Coalition. He also expressed the view that the current government was likely to go the full term to the next election.
 
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