Ken Phillips

What do Mercedes’ moves mean for the future of motoring

22 October 2021 12:30 pm

Why would the giant German auto manufacturer Daimler Benz purposefully set out to trash its own brand? There must be something startling happening…

What triggered Melbourne’s union protests – from on the ground

27 September 2021 4:00 am

What actually triggered the mass civil disobedience by construction workers last week in Melbourne? The following is a record of…

The rule of law is cracking in Victoria – and so is the Labor establishment

22 September 2021 4:00 am

Victoria, but perhaps more specifically Melbourne, is in serious trouble. Law and order is not just breaking down, it’s already cracked.  When a supporter of…

Unfair contracts bill a boon for small business

2 September 2021 11:30 am

With all the focus on Covid, it’s good to see that major reform efforts are still underway.  Last week the…

Have WorkSafe Victoria breached their statutory obligations over the hotel quarantine disaster?

30 August 2021 4:00 am

It’s been eight weeks since the Victorian WorkSafe Authority failed to send to the Director of Public Prosecutions its investigation…

Governments, get real. Eliminating Covid from the community with fines is fantasy

24 August 2021 4:00 am

The unacceptable violence at Melbourne’s ‘freedom’ rally, the quieter Sydney and Adelaide rallies and the New South Wales/Queensland border ‘invasion’…

Qantas move makes mandatory job jabs clarity yet more urgent

18 August 2021 11:34 am

Today, Qantas has become our largest corporate so far to announce it will make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for all staff.…

The hotel quarantine disaster WorkSafe action latest: the rule of law in Victoria is on public trial

10 August 2021 12:39 pm

There has been a concerning development with the process to prosecute the Victorian Government over the 2020 Hotel Quarantine breaches that…

Now more than ever small business needs to be paid on time

9 July 2021 1:15 pm

My heart was gladdened recently by the spectacular collapse of Greensill Capital, once a darling of the financial and (some) political elites in Australia and Britain. I…

Is WorkSafe Victoria grossly incompetent – or is something else going on?

30 June 2021 4:00 am

We need to ask:  Is WorkSafe Victoria grossly incompetent or is something else going on?  Yesterday, June 29, 2021 was…

Desperate Dan is ditching democracy

16 June 2021 1:10 pm

It seems that the Victorian Labor government has become fed up with having to operate in a parliamentary democracy.  The Age reports…

Lockdown IV: The Victorian government can’t evade the law

1 June 2021 12:03 pm

Why is it that Victorians, perhaps more specifically Melburnians, are having such a bad time with Covid in comparison to the other states? Why is this fourth lockdown occurring?  Already…

Sorry Labor, but the gig economy is alive and well

27 May 2021 4:00 am

There’s a lot of excitement coming from the union movement and the usual suspects among the commentariat over the recent ‘Deliveroo’ decision.…

Daniel Andrews and hotel quarantine: the case for the prosecution

11 May 2021 1:46 pm

We’re at the stage where another day is almost guaranteed to reveal another disaster for Victoria’s hotel quarantine scheme; another…

The ATO is a threat to the rule of law

29 April 2021 3:32 pm

You’d think that the Australian Taxation Office shouldn’t present a threat to the rule of law in Australia. You’d think that that sort…

Fourth time lucky with Victorian hotel quarantine?

13 April 2021 4:00 am

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Last Thursday,  the Victorian government restarted its Covid hotel quarantine program.  This is the fourth…

The Tax Office gives the gold finger to process and justice

8 April 2021 1:21 pm

How would you feel if you owed the Australian Taxation Office nothing—in fact the ATO owed you money—yet on the…

Daniel Andrews is under investigation for indictable criminal offences over hotel quarantine. We’ve got the inside story

11 March 2021 10:30 am

Developments late last week confirm that the Victorian government — including Premier Daniel Andrews — is under investigation for indictable…

Work from home is here to stay – and a productivity boom is about to be unleashed

10 March 2021 1:30 pm

The global energy giant BP has told around 25,000 of its staff that working from home is now permanent. This is…

Time to stop standover tactics by the Tax Office against small business

7 March 2021 6:11 pm

The Federal government’s small business agency, the Small Business Ombudsman, has called for major changes to the way the Australian Taxation…

You don’t protect people by destroying their livelihoods

25 February 2021 6:42 pm

You may have seen reports that the UK’s top court has decided that Uber drivers are not independent contractors.  Australian unions are excited…

Would you consider this is the most dangerous man in Australia?

17 February 2021 4:00 am

The most recent Covid lockdown of Victorians resulting from hotel quarantine failures must lead many to believe that the incumbent Victorian government is a…

Why we must fix the feral Tax Office

9 February 2021 4:00 am

When underhand, commercial bullying happens in the private sector, there is righteous community uproar. Regulators investigate. Even Royal Commissions can…

Will WorkSafe act on Daniel Andrews’ hotel quarantine disaster? They need more time…

29 January 2021 4:00 am

The prosecution of the Victorian government for the 800–plus Covid deaths due to its massive mismanagement (or worse) will not happen quickly. Governments routinely don’t hold themselves accountable…

The China threat and the art of war

15 January 2021 5:00 am

The war being conducted by the Chinese Communist Party against the democratic, free world, particularly Australia has predictable and understandable strategies. Under the Xi Jinping dictatorship, clear principles of…