On today's show Dr Alan Moran will discuss China's coal consumption and the absurdity of the rush to net zero carbon among Western nations. Ken Phillips will also discuss how self-employed workers are being targeted as the Australian Albanese government prepares laws to change employment in the "gig economy".
GUEST 1 OVERVIEW: Dr Alan Moran is Principal of Regulation Economics. is a noted economist who has analysed and written extensively from a free market perspective. Regulation Economics and associated organisations offer analysis and advice on a range of public policy issues where business and government interact. Dr Alan Moran was the Director of the Deregulation Unit at the Institute of Public Affairs from 1996 until 2014. He was previously a senior official in Australia’s Productivity Commission and Director of the Commonwealth’s Office of Regulation Review. Subsequently, he played a leading role in the development of energy policy and competition policy review as the Deputy Secretary (Energy) in the Victorian Government. Dr Moran has published extensively on regulatory issues, particularly focusing on environmental issues, housing, network industries, and electricity and gas market matters. Alan was educated in the UK and has a PhD in transport economics from the University of Liverpool and degrees from the University of Salford and the London School of Economics.
GUEST 2 OVERVIEW: Ken Phillips is Executive Director of Self-Employed Australia and co-founder and Executive Director of Independent Contractors of Australia. Ken is an independent contractor operating as his own business, as a researcher, commentator and lobbyist, and consultant on workplace management issues. Amongst his many activities, Ken is a published authority on independent contractor issues and directs research on related commercial and trade practices issues. His strongest interest is management issues and the development of internal and external relationship building for organisations. Within this framework he promotes the concept of ‘markets in the firm’. Through his numerous articles in newspapers and think-tank and academic journals, Ken is known for approaching issues from outside normal perspectives and is frequently sought out for media comment. Ken has published a book entitled Independence and the Death of Employment.
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