You can take the man out of the legal profession…

The federal government today opted not to make a specific recommendation to the Australian Fair Pay Commission as to the level of the minimum wage. To my mind, this is eminently sensible. I cannot think of another instance in which a governments set up an expert panel to advise it, then turns around and makes a submission to that body. The Howard government didn’t make a specific recommendation to the AFPC, so it’s a bit rich to have Malcolm Turnbull blaming the Rudd government doing the same.

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3 Responses to You can take the man out of the legal profession…

  1. Matt C says:

    Andrew, what do you think of the State governments making submissions to the AFPC that recommend a specific quantum?

  2. Andrew Leigh says:

    I think it’s a mistake, and a hangover from the adversarial AIRC process. But they do have the defence that they didn’t establish the AFPC.

  3. Anthony says:

    Andrew, I think you’re mistaken in saying the federal government set up the AFPC ‘to advise it’. The AFPC has the power to make a binding determination – much as the old AIRC did, so I don’t really see a problem with the government making a submission specifying a particular rate.

    You might be confused with Britain’s Low Pay Commission, which just makes a recommendatio nto the minister (who, I think, has never not adopted the recommendation). In those circumstances, I gatehr the british government doesn’t make a submission suggesting a specific rate (although I’ve never checked)

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