Bill Shorten open to ‘collaborative’ industrial relations reform

  • Bill Shorten has signalled he could pursue “collaborative” reform to industrial relations with an eye to boosting productivity.
  • At one point Michael Stutchbury, editor of the Australian Financial Review, chided summit participants for a lack of ambition.
  • Shorten called on business leaders to get behind an emissions trading scheme to cut carbon pollution, saying “opposition to this economic reform often borders on the hysterical”.
  • He said “reform” was an abstract idea but voters would respond to a conversation about boosting economic growth, which is running below trend.
  • The Reserve Bank governor, Glenn Stevens, advised attendees to focus on concrete steps to boost Australia’s economic growth, and make that growth sustainable.