The Fifth Annual Ron McCallum Debate

Tuesday 6 October 2015, 4pm to 6pm
Swissotel Blaxland Ballroom
Level 8, 68 Market Street

Limited places – entry is free but bookings are essential
Please RSVP by Tuesday 29 September to or 03 9647 9111

Free to Associate? 

Join us for challenging and engaging discussion on the role of unions and employer organisations in the workplace relations system, our society and politics.

The annual Ron McCallum debate is a fixture on the IR calendar, bringing together hundreds of practitioners, arbitrators and academics.

In the past we have debated what justice at work looks like, productivity and the workplace relations system, the swing of the political pendulum, and the relationship between workplace relations and our society.

This year we will explore freedom of association: a fundamental right under increasing threat? The union movement is in the public spotlight with the Trade Union Royal Commission continuing and mired in controversy. The Senate rejection of the Registered Organisations Bill has set up a double dissolution trigger for the Government on the issue of union governance. The Productivity Commission’s Inquiry along with Australia Law Reform Commission’s Rights and Freedoms inquiry have implications for freedom of association.

The debate will be moderated by former FWA and AIRC President the Honourable Geoffrey Giudice AO, with Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO providing his reflections, and involving other expert commentators representing business, unions and the community soon to be announced.

Don’t miss what is sure to be a compelling debate.

Presented by the Australian Institute of Employment Rights, generously sponsored by Harmers Workplace Lawyers