With industrial relations rapidly becoming the major political issue of the moment, readers of this blog might be interested in the upcoming HR Nicholls Society Annual Conference. I wish to stress that the HR Nicholls Society is not in any way affiliated with the Australian Libertarian Society, and I post this purely for the information of readers who have an interested in labour market freedom (although full disclosure, I am a member of the HRN Board of Management so have a somewhat vested interest in promoting it!)
As I’m sure you would be aware, the HR Nicholls Society was the driving force behind the freeing of the labour market in the 1980’s and 1990’s, and the most prominent critic of WorkChoices for being unconstitutional reregulation, not true deregulation. This conference – the Society’s 24th and entitled “Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair” – is a detailed examination of Julia Gillard’s proposed Fair Work legislation. It shall be held in Melbourne on the 27-28 March. Of particular interest to readers here might be Brian Johnson, Executive Director of the Alliance for Worker Freedom in Washington DC. Other speakers include Former Secretary of the Treasury John Stone; Dr. Alex Robson, one of Australia’s leading free market economists; Ken Phillips, President of the Independent Contractors Association and many more. Full programme details are available here.
I would strongly urge everyone interested in industrial relations to attend. The registration application form is available here. There are special accommodation options available if needed. Please do not hesitate to email me on timintheus followed by the usual gmail ending if you have any further questions.
Hope some of you would be able to make it!