Howard’s solution for work-family balance

Stop the BBQ

John Howard has often described the issue of work and family balance as the ‘barbecue stopper’. But under the federal government’s new laws the balance is likely to tip even further away from families and more towards work.

One proposal being considered by the government is allowing employers to use individual contracts to reduce workers’ annual leave entitlements from four to two weeks as a legal minimum.

When a furore erupted after this proposal became public John Howard defended his plan saying this was already an option available to workers in Western Australia.

‘Independent research found that, under the Court government, nearly half of all full-time, part-time and fixed-term workplace agreements in WA had all of their annual leave entitlement absorbed into the hourly rate of pay,’ WA Employment Protection Minister John Kobelke replied.