A recent trend in the workforce over the past two years, in particular, has been the move toward casualisation. Rather than employing full-time workers, mining companies have preferred to engage employment contractors who then source workers. Employment contractors employ workers on a casual basis, rather than full-time. Read more


Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO) work practices are the most vexed issues around the Bowen Basin in Central and North Queensland because mine jobs are being taken by people who live in Brisbane while the residents of mining communities can’t find a job. The Queensland Labor Party, in government, granted 100 per cent FIFO to Daunia and Caval Ridge mines in the Bowen Basin without consideration to the consequences in the event of a downturn. Read more

Sugar Industry Code of Conduct

The sugar code of ethics is largely supported by the Nationals but other parties say it is a restriction on free enterprise and the free market. However, the lack of a code and/or legislation to guarantee choice in marketing is a restraint on the free market itself. Read more

North Queensland Insurance

In 2015, the Liberal National Government set up a Northern Australia Insurance Premiums Taskforce to look at options for reducing home, contents and strata insurance premiums in Northern Australia. The final report was delivered in November 2015. Read more