This Blue Paper is a draft prescriptive standard for Australianness, arising out of multiple challenges to Australian values by foreign influences, by anti-Australian sentiment and by our governments kowtowing to unethical and backward cultures that are undermining Australian traditional values. This is a feeder document toward nationalist policy and subsequent draft proposed law, inviting input and debate by Australians.
Australians have surrendered decent hard-fought workplace rights under both Labor and Liberals, and the Greens just don’t care.
Australia First Party believes that Australians deserve re-establishment of Australian worker values and fair workplaces hard-fought by generations under our traditional union movement. Australia First Party supports the nationalisation and simplification of workplace legislation and at the same time making the cost of employing Australian citizens lower for Australian employers.
It goes back to respecting Australian traditional values, and at the same time respecting contemporary Australian citizen’s preferential opportunity to work over foreigners, and enabling Australian employers to get a better deal competing with foreign corporates and multi-nationals.
- Nationalise First World workplace standards throughout Australia, eliminating differentiation between states and territories
- Enshrine Australia’s traditional Christian value of Sunday being a decent time of rest – reinstate double time penalty rates for any and all part of Sundays. If it is too expensive for a business to trade on a Sunday then the business owners deserve a day of rest as well. Treat it as a mental health day pursuant to a decent work-life balance.
- Maintain penalty rates for Saturdays to preserve the Aussie weekend
- Apply triple time penalty rates for Public Holidays – because that’s what they are – public holidays are for all Australians, not just taxpayer-funded public servant elites.
- Daily overtime should apply to all workplaces at double normal time rate after 7 hours, and any overtime limited to 2 hours. Working beyond nine hours in a day is indecent, unhealthy and exploitative.
- Retain Fair Work Australia but overhaul its charter and management – national workplace mediator – why change the name and business cards, just weed out Labor’s deadwood
- Union membership remains voluntary – weed out the official corruption and criminalise slush funds
- Uphold Australian democratic values in respecting freedoms of association
- Scrap all enterprise agreements, since these are making Australia uncompetitive and killing local industry and careers with them – like Ford and Holden
- Harmonise wage levels and entitlements to trade and professional skill levels across industries. Nationalise all workplace legislation including workplace awards and Workcover – scrap all state/territory involvement
- No Australian Workplace Agreements or contracts where one employer – consistent with Tax Office recognition of Pay As You Go personal services income tax law
- Abolish payroll taxes as being anti-employment and a double tax grab on businesses employing staff
- Abolish Keating’s business compulsory contributions to employee superannuation. Superannuation to be rolled into a national Australian citizen retirement fund guaranteed and managed by the Australia Government via National Treasury. Australian citizen eligible access to retirement funding to commence from age 60.
- Mandate compulsory apprenticeship quotas for eligible Australian citizens, funded by business savings in not paying payroll taxes or superannuation. Apprenticeship quotas to be scaled according to staff numbers. Apprentice management and responsibilities to be properly and fairly governed by legislation and monitored by Fair Work Australia according to decent workplace standards and protocols.
- Abolish internships and junior pay rates below Australian worker rates that apply to adults 21 and over
- Subcontractors to have the same pay rates as staff for the equivalent position function, or higher.
- Employers employing 50 or more employees (including subsidiaries and part owned businesses) to be eligible for company tax incentive if Nationally Recognised Training is provided and so long as certifications obtained
- Facilitate flexible workplaces – part-time, leave entitlements, return to work conditions
- Crack down on worker discrimination on the basis of sex, age, parental status, availability for overtime
- Undo the casualisation exploitation of Australia workers – casual employment rate (no leave entitlements) to increase by 50% to compensate insecurity, loss of entitlements, discrimination by banks to loan mortgages
- Mandate double time rates for work on Sundays and Public Holidays across all Australian workplaces – the day of rest is a deep Australian Christian tradition.
- Mandate time and a half penalty rates for all on Saturdays – but scrap double time on Saturdays – while Sunday is not negotiable on penalty rates, Saturday is.
- Set minimum rates of pay by job category from lowest unskilled worker to supervisory management; and make this uniform across all workplaces and industries. Middle management and senior management are to remain the only contracting prerogative of Australian organisations – private sector or public sector.
- Set ordinary working week to 35 hours, with subsequent hours paid at time and a half
- Set maximum working hours per 7 day continual week with any one employer to 45 hours
- Scrap tax penalties on second and third jobs – if a worker wants to work beyond 45 hours don’t penalise the worker, but don’t let the same employer demand it
- Scrap 457 visas and establish stricter conditions for any employer in Australia employing non Australian citizens
- Review and nationalise Workcover and address deficiencies in standards, OH&S legislation, and workers compensation
- Outlaw employer deeds of employment and workplace contracts – replacing with minimum new standard Employment Engagement – specifying the respective roles, duties, rights and obligations of employers and employees for any working engagement in Australia
- National accreditation training funding for all employers and their management and human resources staff to raise the standard of workplace skills and qualifications throughout Australia.
- Abolish migrant work visas. Australian employers to train Australian citizens instead, facilitated by national accreditation training funding
- Managers of workers required to have accredited certification in people management skills.