The Legacy of the Hungry Mile
There is no Australian industry which has been more
exhaustively studied and scrutinised than Australia's
waterfront industry. Its uniquely uncompetitive position,
within an Australia which is generally declining in
international competitiveness, is widely acknowledged.
However, despite this wide understanding, the pace
of reform in this industry is glacial, and the urgency
of the need for dramatic improvement grows week by
The H R Nicholls Society decided to devote half of
its program at its August 1989 conference to the Australian
waterfront. The papers published in these proceedings,
on this industry, will give the reader an up-to-date
and concise picture of Australia's most scandalous
industry. If Australia is to make any progress at all
in reversing the steady trend of secular economic decline,
then the reforms outlined in these papers will have
to be quickly and fully implemented.
The other papers published here cover a wide canvas.
Trade union and political developments in the United
Kingdom; the standing and status of the Australian
Industrial Relations Commission as it is now known;
and an account of the Roger Douglas reforms in New
This publication is the seventh volume of H R Nicholls
Proceedings. The Society hopes that, like its predecessors,
it will generate increasing pressures for contemporary
reform as well as a reference work for future generations.