Do trade unions help or harm Australia’s economy and society?

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The Ideas and Society Program at La Trobe University was very pleased to present two outstanding Australians to discuss the questions surrounding trade unions. Bill Kelty, as Secretary of the ACTU, was a key player during the Hawke and Keating years and one of the fathers of compulsory superannuation. Jennifer Westacott has been an outstanding public servant and is now an energetic and respected Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia. It is an interesting fact about our country that both came from unprivileged family backgrounds but rose to the top of their professions through hard work, university education and, of course, talent.

The discussion was introduced by La Trobe University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar and moderated by political scientist Andrea Carson.

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