Prime minister Scott Morrison is expected to highlight skills and industrial relations in his National Press Club address on Tuesday.
The PM will discuss the country’s post-Covid-19 recovery “out of ICU,” warning this could take three to five years.
Morrison is expected to propose new conditions tied to the $1.5 billion in spending on skills the federal government allocates to the states annually.
“The Commonwealth has no line of sight on how states use this funding,” The Australian Financial Review quotes him as saying.
“Where targets do exist, they are aspirational. If not met, there are no consequences. The agreement has also been ineffective in maintaining levels of investment. It’s time to make some changes.”
According to Sky News, the PM is also expected to pitch cooperation between unions and business – IR reform would be “more Bob Hawke than John Howard” – and gas affordability.
The address will be broadcast on ABC and Sky News at 12:30 pm AEST.
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