‘Minimum wage is more than a safety net, it’s a symbol of Australian values‘, Age, 9 April 2014 updated
Attacks a call by the Institute of Public Affairs to abolish the minimum wage. Traces the early history of the minimum wage, first in Victoria in 1896, with the support of HB Higgins and Alfred Deakin. ‘Australia led the way in defining the minimum wage as a living wage sufficient to enable workers to live in comfort in a civilised community.’
The article attracted many comments here and in the Catallaxy File blog. The full submission by the IPA to the Fair Work commission was published. Attacks on controls like the minimum wage were led by the HR Nicholls Society, founded in 1986; by 2016 it was difficult to tell what its influence had been, though the industrial relations landscape had clearly changed.