Sworn into the position in September 2015, Cash has spear-headed a number of policy aims during that time, including tough new public interest tests to evaluate major union mergers, abolishing the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, and cleaning up after the collapse of Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel.
She’s also been a strong advocate for gender equality in the workplace including the need to normalise flexible work arrangements for men and women.
As for what HR can expect of the future cabinet, this depends on what government policy will be around industrial relations
, Robert Holden, professor of economics at the UNSW Business School, told HC
“Issues such as penalty rates, the Australian Building and Construction Commission and related issues to do with workplace flexibility are something that the Coalition has talked about. Whether they feel that they’ve got the political capital to be able to pursue those further remains to be seen.”
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced his new cabinet with incumbent Minister for Employment Michaelia Cash retaining the role for another three years.