||Issue No. 318||03 August 2006|
Don't Bank on Costello's Oil Shocker
Interview: A Life And Death Matter
Unions: Fighting Back
Industrial: What Cowra Means
Environment: Scrambling for Energy Security
Politics: Page Turner
Economics: The State of Labour
International: Workers Blood For Oil
History: Liberty in Spain
Review: Go Roys, Make A Noise
The Locker Room
What Was He On About?
Belly On Balance
Stacks on the Hill
Williams is the Executive Director of Workplace Relations for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of Western Australia.
In announcing the decision, Attorney General Phillip Ruddock praised Williams as an "experienced manager (bringing) a wealth of practical experience to the Commission".
Given the reduced role of the AIRC under WorkChoices, he may end up with practically nothing to do.
The West's Williams has a long history working for employer groups since 1984. He is a H.R Nicholls society regular, appearing as a key-note speaker at the anti-worker group's 2003 conference.
The WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry has been an aggressive champion of AWAs and guest labour.
The job-for-life at the AIRC will net Williams an annual salary of more than $200,000 once his appointment takes effect on 14 August.
The newest pro-business appointment continues the government's policy of rewarding Liberal party supporters, government staffers and business lobby personalities with key posts, both here and overseas.
The former chief counsel at the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR), James Smythe, was presented in July with a plumb posting to the International Labour Organisation in Geneva.
It is the first posting to the UN body since 1996 when Canberra cut off relations, stung by ILO criticisms of Peter Reith's Workplace Relations Act, the proto-type of WorkChoices.
News of the 'Geneva option' followed hard on the heels of the stack in the Federal Magistrates Court (Issue 314)
Another WorkChoices architect from Kevin Andrews' office, Liberal staffer John O'Sullivan scored a Federal Magistracy despite dubious legal credentials.
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